More Monsoonal Action!

Written by on 20/01/2020


The onset of monsoonal rains appear to have finally arrived, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting large volumes of rainfall across the Top End this week.

The BOM predicts Darwin could see up to 150mm of rain in the city by Saturday.

Meteorologist Moses Raico said a weather system forming off the coast bears the traits of a monsoon.

“It does have monsoonal characteristics, we are seeing deep westerly winds offshore and moisture gradually improving as we head into the middle of the week,” he said.

“We could classify that as a monsoonal flow gradually developing.”

He said the forecast predicted the northwest corner of the Top End would have the most rain when the moisture does arrive.

“Over at the northwestern coast through the Tiwi Islands, we’re seeing rainfall starting to increase,” he said.

“We’re seeing hints of the monsoon now, and the characteristics will improve as we head into the middle of the week.

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“The cloud cover will increase, and in terms of rainfall amounts we could see isolated falls around the west coast up to 100mm in a 24-hour period.”

The cloud cover combined with rainfall is also expected to lower the stifling temperatures seen recently.

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