Scorching weather has been predicted for the week in Katherine with temperatures expected to hit 42 degrees four days in a row and a record breaking weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology has recorded a steady increase in temperatures for the beginning of November from its Tindal weather station, but already it is looking to be a hotter month than last year.
Only two days in the month of November 2018 reached a sizzling 40 degrees or higher. This year, there have already been four.
And if the bureau is correct in its predictions, the end of the week is expected to break a record.
The hottest day recorded at Tindal for November hit 42.5 degrees on November 10, 2006.
However, Katherine has records held longer than just Tindal and the town's heat record remains 46.2.
BOM has predicted a top of 43 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a minuscule chance of rain towards the end, and high humidity.
Katherine residents attending Remembrance Day today will be battling high humidity as the temperature rises to 42 degrees.
The gloomy predictions for a late start to the wet season remain, as Australia's dry climate is driven by a positive Indian Ocean Dipole.
The bureau said most people in the Darwin, Palmerston and rural area did a lot better than Katherine with the first widespread rainfall so far this wet season, dumping 30-50mm into many rain gauges.
The highest overnight total was 118mm at Point Stuart, with 49mm at Darwin Airport - so far this month, we've recorded just over half of the average total November rainfall of 143mm at the airport.
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