A RAIN system which is forecast to hit the majority of Northern Australia this week has already started delivering significant falls in the west.
Parts of Western Australia’s Kimberley and Pilbara have received more than 70mm with that system forecast to hit the Northern Territory today and tomorrow.
The Bureau of Meteorology says daily rainfall totals of 10-30 mm are likely for parts of the southern Northern Territory from today until Saturday, increasing to 20-50 mm across the southwest on today – with isolated heavier falls of 50-100 mm.
In a press release earlier this week, BOM said it was unsure where the heaviest rainfall will be – however it was expected to be above average for this time of the year and to bring cold temperatures with it.
“It will also be unseasonably cold under the rain band with maximum temperatures well below average for this time of year, possibly up to 10 degrees below average in some areas,” the bureau said in a media release.
The system is expected to hit North Queensland from this weekend and into next week.
Parts of the rain band are expected to hit Southern Qld and Northern New South Wales, which have had a patchy finish to the wet season.
Northern Australia is coming off a big wet season, with major flooding in Kimberley last year and the main road only recently opening after significant damage to the Fitzroy Crossing bridge.
Northern Qld received its heavy flooding this year with an estimated 100,000 head lost in record flooding on the Gregory River. The Northern Territory also had significant floods.
Communities should stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings via the BOM website and weather app and follow the advice of emergency services.
- Beef Central ran a comprehensive update on the season in this article two weeks ago