Hot transition to the dry

Hot weather will continue across Katherine over the next week as the Top End transitions to the dry season.

A record hot April day remains a chance this week.

Of course, it hasn’t rained in Katherine for a month so the dry season has come early without the relief in temperatures.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman today said April is a wet to dry transition month, humidity is quite variable, with some days feeling fresh and very much like the dry season, and others feeling sticky and humid.

“Dry southeasterly winds have reached the western Top End, including Darwin. During the next couple of days, we will experience a taste of dry season with lower humidity especially in the afternoon and early evening (so make sure you stay hydrated, as you may feel less sweaty due to lower humidity).”

Clear skies and drier southeasterly winds will result in maximum temperatures approaching or reaching April record for inland parts of Top End, including:

  • Jabiru (April record of 38C on 05/04/02, forecasting 38C today and 37C Tuesday)
  • Katherine (Record 38.4 on 01/04/14, forecasting 38C today and Tuesday)
  • Middle Point/rural (record 37.2C on 19/04/12, forecasting 37C today and 38C Tuesday)

“Dew points (the measure of actual moisture in the air) are forecast to drop to around 15C for Darwin and Jabiru today, and around 10-15C for Katherine, which means the "feels like" temperature will be a bit lower.

“Darwin maximum temperatures are forecast to be a few degrees above average (average 32.7C, forecast 35-36C), but not likely to break records (April record 36.7C)

“From Thursday, we will see some moisture returning to the western Top End, which will increase the chance of afternoon showers and storms and a return of more humid conditions

“Overnight temperatures will remain in the mid 20s, which is about average for this time of year

“The MJO is currently over the African Continent, and is weakening as it nears our part of the world. The current phase of the MJO can act to cause dry and hot conditions to northern Australia. This also means there is little chance of another monsoon burst for the wet season.”