Temperatures are tipped to soar again this week.
Maximums are expected to reach 42 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday with 41 degrees right through to Sunday.
The continued heat follows the first decent storm of the delayed wet season with 24mm recorded at Tindal from the midnight storm, the Territory's best fall for the night it appears.
Falls were much lower in most areas of the town.
The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing its forecast of the "chance" of storms for Katherine today but dry for the rest of the week.
Katherine's record high December is 41.6 degrees from 2006.
November produced a record heatwave for the town.
November 2019 was the third-driest November on record for the Northern Territory with the lowest area-averaged rainfall since 2006.
Apart from a couple of small regions in the northwest Top End, rainfall everywhere was below average.
Daytime temperatures across virtually the entire NT were above average.
Night-time temperatures were generally average to below average, apart from the northwest where minimum temperatures were up to two degrees above average.
Averaged across the Territory, rainfall was 71% below the long-term average, the third-lowest on record, behind only 2006 and 1901, according to the bureau.
For the year to date, rainfall across the Northern Territory is 48% below the long-term average; the lowest since 1961 and the second-lowest on record.
Tindal RAAF had its warmest November night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.
Territory-wide, the year-to-date mean maximum temperature is currently the second-highest on record (behind only 2013), 1.77 °C above the long-term average.
The year-to-date mean minimum temperature is 0.91 °C above average (tenth-highest) and the mean temperature is tracking at 1.34 °C above average (equal third-highest on record).
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