There is a very high chance Darwin will record at least 52mm of rainfall next month after only seeing 20.2mm over the same period last year. The last two wet seasons in Australia's Top End broke an 80-year-old record over poor rainfall, with both falling well below the average. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. For Central Australia, the first 50 millimetres of rain usually arrived around Christmas and New Year, but Mr Raico is expecting that to arrive in places like Alice Springs earlier in December. It's not monsoonal rain, but … ... Senior forecaster Mosese Raico said the first 50 millimetres of rain would arrive in Darwin early in the month. Northern Territory could see higher-than-average rainfall this wet season. "The fruits and vegetables grow fast and healthier," she said. The Top End can expect an early relief to the hot and humid build-up period, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting higher-than-average rain in October. For one local grower, Christina Mallias, who grows cucumbers, eggplants, chilis and tomatoes, the news was troubling. They never got a straight answer, Brittany died after swallowing a button battery. At Darwin's Parap Markets, where many local farmers and growers go to sell their local produce, the news of early and more rain attracted different feelings. Doctors thought she just had food poisoning, 'She just might be getting set up': Union says Australia Post problems go beyond luxury watches, Rare lime green puppy named Pistachio born in Italy, Qantas to chase new Asian routes amid speculation of COVID-19 travel 'bubble' with Australia, 'A lot of people get freaked out': NSW beaches enter peak period for great white sharks, Hunt for Harold the wombat's killer underway after young animal peppered with pellets. He said it was driven by the potential La Nina event, which brings greater potential for cyclones, heavy rain and high winds. The wet season in Darwin starts around October/November and initially brings hot and steamy weather with the occasional spectacular lightning storm and short but intense rains. Average temperatures range from 24.7 - 32 °C (76.5 - 89.6°F), and humidity can push past 80 per cent. "We don't want it too wet, especially my place is really low, some times there's a flood and we can't even walk there," she said. The highest wet season rainfall recorded was 2 918.4 mm (115 inches) during the last significant La Niña event in 2010/11. Most of Darwin's rain falls between January and March. Temperatures drop a bit and rain falls increase as the new year approaches.

This month's rain brings Darwin's dry season total up to 89.2mm, which is more than double the long-term average and the second wettest dry season of the last decade. #Darwin has had the highest daily October rainfall since 1969.

The last La Nina event in the Top End, from 2010 to 2012, saw the second and third wettest years on record in Australia. But for Grower Edna Evans, it does bring some reliefs are two years of drier conditions.

113mm at Darwin airport and 177mm at Marrara. Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump and Joe Biden face off in final 2020 presidential debate. Senior forecaster Mosese Raico said the first 50 millimetres of rain would arrive in Darwin early in the month. "Just depends exactly when, but it's normally before that timeframe.". This was about 1.7 times higher than usual. Long-range forecast models have been anticipating a wet end to this year's dry season since June.

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The average annual rainfall is 1727.3 mm (68 inches) and January is the wettest month. "In the wet season everything is very hard", she said. "We currently have that La Nina as an alert at this stage, I believe it's at a 70 per cent chance of happening.". This is also the time of the year with the biggest risk of cyclones and floods. During the wet season, the average total rain for Darwin City is 1 676.1 mm (66 inches).