Big dump of rain

The Katherine River has bounced up as a result of the local rain. Source: Bureau of Meteorology.

The Katherine River has bounced up as a result of the local rain. Source: Bureau of Meteorology.

LAST night’s rain storm dumped 75.4mm at Tindal.

The Bureau of Meteorology total was at odds with the official forecasts which remain hot and dry for Katherine over most of the next week.

The Katherine River has bounced back up as a result of the rain.

The bureau is now tracking a tropical low in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

It is moving west-southwest at a very slow speed.

The bureau says it may form into a tropical cyclone.

“It is possible that the system may reach category 2 intensity near the Qld/NT border on Saturday, but this will be highly dependent on the system taking a track over water during the next 24 hours. Alternatively, if the system takes a track over land today, formation into a tropical cyclone would most likely be delayed until the weekend,” the bureau said.

Abnormally high tides are expected about the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast today and over the weekend, but at this stage the sea level is not forecast to exceed the highest tide of the year. Large waves are likely along the beachfront.

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