Katherine’s all-time February heat record is set to be broken this week.
That’s the prediction of the Bureau of Meteorology.
After a disappointingly poor wet season so far, which remains well below average in terms of rain, the hot build-up type days have remained.
Over the past few days the bureau has been steadily increasing its expected temperature for later this week.
Now they are tipping both Saturday and Sunday will reach 40 degrees.
The all-time February record for Katherine, in just 50 years of keeping records, is 39 degrees back on February 2016.
Most of the week will remain hot with no day below 37 degrees.
Temperatures have been about two degrees hotter than average this month.
Even the overnight lows are still about 0.6 degrees warmer than average.
Of course, other than one big rain this month, there has been little to speak of so far.
So far the town has recorded 103mm for the month against an average for February of 235mm.
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