The Northern Territory is experiencing its driest year for almost half a century.
Unsurprisingly during the dry season, there was little rainfall in the NT in August with no rain at all in the southern half, including Katherine.
Nowhere in the southern two-thirds of the Territory recorded any rainfall during August.
For the year to date, rainfall across the NT is 44 per cent below the long-term average, the lowest since 1970 and the sixth lowest on record.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a late start to the wet season, so the numbers would become even grimmer.
Katherine's temperature in August was officially slightly warmer during the day and cooler at night, averaging 1.4 degrees less than normal for our minimums.
Right across the NT , the mean monthly maximum and minimum temperature was below the long-term average.
Daytime (maximum) temperatures were generally above average across the Top End, but average to below average further south: overall the mean monthly maximum was 0.35 °C below average.
Territory-wide, the year-to-date mean maximum temperature is the highest on record, while the mean minimum is tracking the eighth-warmest.
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