Northern Territory in October to April 2023-24

Rainfall

Temperature

Darwin Airport

  • Total rainfall for Darwin Airport was 1764.8 mm, which is 105% of the long-term average of 1681.4 mm.
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Darwin Airport was 33.3 °C, which is 0.8 °C above the long-term average of 32.5 °C.
  • The warmest day was 38.0 °C on 15 October, and the coolest day was on 12 February when the temperature reached 28.1 °C.
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Darwin Airport was 25.8 °C, which is 0.9 °C above the long-term average of 24.9 °C.
  • The coldest morning was 22.1 °C on 11 April, and the warmest morning was on 1 January when the minimum temperature was 29.9 °C.

Extremes in October to April 2023-24
Hottest day 46.6 °C at Lajamanu Airport on 19 Dec 2023
Warmest days on average 37.3 °C at Walungurru Airport
Coolest days on average 31.4 °C at McCluer Island
Coldest day 15.8 °C at Watarrka on 23 Mar 2024
Coldest night 2.3 °C at Arltunga on 27 Apr 2024
Coolest nights on average 18.1 °C at Alice Springs Airport
Warmest nights on average 27.1 °C at McCluer Island
Warmest night 32.9 °C at Walungurru Airport on 31 Jan 2024
Warmest on average overall 31.0 °C at Bradshaw - Angallari Valley (Defence)
Coolest on average overall 26.2 °C at Alice Springs Airport
Wettest overall 2058.4 mm at Legune
Wettest day 431.0 mm at Groote Eylandt Airport on 17 Mar 2024
Strongest wind gust 170 km/h at Centre Island on 18 Mar 2024

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest October to April daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Anthony Lagoon 249.0 on 19 Mar 2024 203.7 on 8 Jan 1953 115
Elliott 189.4 on 24 Mar 2024 178.0 on 18 Feb 1974 67
McArthur River Mine Airport 274.4 on 19 Mar 2024 197.6 on 15 Feb 1974 56
Warramunga 172.0 on 19 Feb 2024 140.0 on 21 Feb 1977 54
Birrimba 193.0 on 18 Jan 2024 168.0 on 16 Feb 1991 35
Birrindudu 137.0 on 22 Jan 2024 131.2 on 14 Feb 2001 34
Borroloola Airport 256.6 on 19 Mar 2024 187.0 on 1 Dec 1999 32
Delamere Weapons Range 175.6 on 11 Mar 2024 156.4 on 8 Feb 2011 28
Groote Eylandt Airport 431.0 on 17 Mar 2024 313.0 on 2 Mar 2004 26
Port Keats Airport 334.8 on 15 Jan 2024 230.6 on 4 Jan 2008 26



Record highest October to April total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October to April
Victoria River Downs 1359.0 1297.3 in 1903 134 650.0
Elliott 1494.7 1462.1 in 1973 56 587.1
Daly Waters Airstrip 1321.6 1221.8 in 2003 55 677.3
Old Delamere 1209.0 1141.2 in 2005 45 720.4
Montejinni 1470.2 1263.3 in 1975 34 659.9
Moolooloo 1165.5 1104.5 in 2005 28 767.1
Bullo River 1476.8 1234.8 in 2022 27 793.3
Cattle Creek 1123.0 921.8 in 2022 27 507.3
Mount Sanford 1182.2 1134.0 in 2000 27 729.1
Groote Eylandt Airport 1873.0 1817.2 in 1999 25 1260.0
Delamere Weapons Range 1791.8 1371.6 in 2003 24 891.0
Wandie Creek 1723.0 1570.0 in 1988 21 1117.8

Highest October to April total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
October to April
Tipperary 2016.0 2227.2 in 1942* 1284.1
Centre Island 1941.0 2140.2 in 2000* 1047.0

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported




Record highest October to April temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October to April
Pirlangimpi Airport 38.8 on 15 Oct 2023 38.6 on 1 Nov 2014 44 32.8
Lajamanu Airport 46.6 on 19 Dec 2023 46.2 on 3 Jan 2019 33 36.8
Watarrka 46.0 on 24 Jan 2024 = 46.0 on 24 Dec 2019 33 35.1



Record highest October to April mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October to April
Dum In Mirrie Airstrip 33.3 33.2 in 2018 24 32.5



Record highest October to April daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October to April
Curtin Springs 31.6 on 22 Jan 2024 = 31.6 on 7 Feb 1994 60 18.5
Channel Point 30.0 on 1 Jan 2024 = 30.0 on 16 Dec 2021 30 24.7
Point Fawcett 30.1 on 7 Jan 2024 = 30.1 on 27 Dec 2019 27 24.9



Record highest October to April mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
October to April
Darwin Airport 25.8 25.7 in 1987 81 24.9
Pirlangimpi Airport 24.9 24.8 in 2002 36 24.0
Douglas River Research Farm 23.9 23.8 in 2022 32 23.1
Channel Point 25.4 = 25.4 in 2021 27 24.7
Batchelor Airport 24.1 23.9 in 2018 24 23.5
Groote Eylandt Airport 24.6 24.5 in 2018 24 23.7
Middle Point 24.5 23.9 in 2021 22 23.5
Port Keats Airport 25.1 = 25.1 in 2018 22 24.5



Summary statistics for October to April 2023-24
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
October
to April
2023-24
Diff
from
average
Highest for
October
to April
2023-24
Mean for
October
to April
2023-24
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
October
to April
2023-24
Total for
October
to April
2023-24
Average
for
October
to April
Rank of
October
to April
2023-24
Fraction of
October
to April
average
Darwin-Daly (district 14GA)
Batchelor Airport 34.2 0.0 41.2 3 Nov 2023 24.1 +0.6 19.1 22 Apr 2024 1744.0 1466.4 high 119%
Central Arnhem Plateau 33.5 0.0 39.6 18 Nov 2023 23.3 +0.4 18.2 7 Oct 2023 1968.0 1167.9 v high 169%
Channel Point 32.6 +0.4 35.5 16 Apr 2024 25.4 +0.7 21.5 11 Apr 2024 1790.2 1747.2 average 102%
Charles Point 32.1   35.4 16 Apr 2024 26.1   22.3 21 Apr 2024 1762.8 1504.3 high 117%
Croker Island Airport 32.8 +0.1 37.2 18 Oct 2023 25.6 -0.1 21.7 11 Apr 2024 1301.6
Darwin Airport 33.3 +0.8 38.0 15 Oct 2023 25.8 +0.9 22.1 11 Apr 2024 1764.8 1681.4 average 105%
Delamere Weapons Range 35.4 -0.3 42.1 30 Dec 2023 24.1 +0.4 17.3 28 Apr 2024 1791.8 891.0 highest 201%
Douglas River Research Farm 35.3 +0.1 41.7 3 Nov 2023 23.9 +0.8 17.4 28 Apr 2024
Dum In Mirrie Airstrip 33.3 +0.8 36.2 17 Apr 2024     20.3 10 Apr 2024 1761.8 1703.2 average 103%
East Point 33.0   36.4 2 Dec 2023 26.1   22.7 16 Dec 2023 1598.8
Jabiru Airport 35.8 +0.7 41.5 3 Nov 2023 25.2 +0.7 21.5 28 Apr 2024 1676.6 1488.4 high 113%
Kangaroo Flats (Defence) 34.9   41.2 3 Nov 2023 25.0   20.8 22 Apr 2024 1844.8
Knuckey Lagoon 34.1   39.9 15 Oct 2023 24.7   20.7 16 Oct 2023 1816.8
McCluer Island 31.4 0.0 34.2 6 Jan 2024 27.1 +0.4 23.8 24 Nov 2023 820.2 1084.7 low 76%
Middle Point 35.1 +0.3 40.6 19 Oct 2023 24.5 +1.0 20.3 17 Oct 2023 1536.0 1348.7 average 114%
Mount Bundey North (Defence) 35.7   42.0 14 Oct 2023 24.7   20.2 11 Apr 2024 671.8
Mount Bundey South (Defence) 35.8   41.1 3 Nov 2023 24.8   18.2 22 Apr 2024 1382.4
Murganella Airstrip 33.7 0.0 37.7 25 Oct 2023 23.9 +0.2 17.5 25 Oct 2023 1502.0
Noonamah Airstrip 34.8 +0.2 41.2 15 Oct 2023 24.9 +0.5 19.3 11 Apr 2024 1693.8 1504.5 average 113%
Pirlangimpi Airport 34.0 +1.2 38.8 15 Oct 2023 24.9 +0.9 20.8 11 Apr 2024 1398.0 1931.3 v low 72%
Point Fawcett 32.6 +0.2 35.2 2 Dec 2023 25.5 +0.6 19.6 12 Apr 2024 1405.6 1491.8 average 94%
Port Keats Airport 33.7 0.0 39.3 18 Oct 2023 25.1 +0.6 16.9 8 Oct 2023 1930.8 1316.9 high 147%
Tindal RAAF 35.6 +0.1 42.2 3 Nov 2023 24.1 +0.4 16.1 11 Apr 2024 1027.4 1025.5 average 100%
Arnhem (district 14BC)
Cape Wessel 33.4 +0.2 37.2 4 Dec 2023 26.2 +0.2 22.7 21 Dec 2023 1651.4 1119.0 high 148%
Gove Airport 32.4   38.0 24 Dec 2023 24.9   20.3 3 Nov 2023 1534.0
Groote Eylandt Airport 33.8 +0.2 40.0 24 Dec 2023 24.6 +0.9 16.3 18 Oct 2023 1873.0 1260.0 highest 149%
Maningrida Airport 33.2 +0.3 37.0 31 Dec 2023     19.9 7 Oct 2023 887.2 1197.5 low 74%
Milingimbi Airport 33.3 +0.2 37.1 1 Jan 2024 25.4 +0.4 21.1 2 Oct 2023 1378.2 1161.4 average 119%
Warruwi Airport 32.8 +0.4 37.1 25 Oct 2023 26.1 +0.4 23.1 15 Mar 2024 1215.0 1122.1 average 108%
Roper-Mcarthur (district 14DE)
Bulman 36.0 -0.2 42.2 18 Nov 2023 23.9 +0.4 16.5 7 Oct 2023 1572.2 1061.4 high 148%
Centre Island 33.4 -0.1 38.9 13 Dec 2023 26.7 +0.3 23.4 2 Oct 2023 1941.0 1047.0 v high 185%
Daly Waters Airstrip     42.7 1 Jan 2024 22.6 -0.1 10.7 16 Oct 2023 1321.6 677.3 highest 195%
Ngukurr Airport 36.8 -0.6 43.3 18 Nov 2023 24.9 +0.3 17.3 7 Oct 2023 759.8 724.2 average 105%
Victoria (district 14F)
Bradshaw 36.3 -0.5 42.4 30 Dec 2023 24.8 0.0 17.3 22 Apr 2024 1556.4 977.7 v high 159%
Bradshaw - Angallari Valley (Defence) 36.7   43.2 30 Dec 2023 25.3   18.0 11 Apr 2024 1229.0
Bradshaw - Koolendong Valley (Defence) 36.0   42.1 3 Nov 2023 24.0   12.8 17 Oct 2023 1084.0
Lajamanu Airport 36.3 -0.5 46.6 19 Dec 2023     11.2 28 Oct 2023 848.2 503.0 high 169%
Victoria River Downs 36.7 +0.1 43.8 30 Dec 2023 23.9 +0.3 14.9 8 Oct 2023 1359.0 650.0 highest 209%
Barkly (district 15A)
Tennant Creek Airport 35.0 -0.4 44.2 29 Dec 2023 23.2 -0.2 14.3 22 Apr 2024 899.4 451.0 v high 199%
Alice Springs (district 15B)
Alice Springs Airport 34.3 +1.0 43.4 5 Feb 2024 18.1 +0.2 2.9 27 Apr 2024 383.0 223.9 high 171%
Jervois 35.9 +0.5 46.3 3 Jan 2024 20.6 +1.2 6.8 27 Apr 2024 228.4 235.6 average 97%
Rabbit Flat 36.7 -0.8 46.4 19 Dec 2023 21.7 +0.2 8.9 20 Oct 2023 846.8 462.7 high 183%
Territory Grape Farm 34.8 -0.1 43.2 5 Feb 2024 19.2 0.0 6.4 27 Apr 2024 374.0 253.3 high 148%
Walungurru Airport 37.3 +0.2 46.0 23 Feb 2024 23.9 +0.1 13.7 24 Mar 2024 251.8 242.7 average 104%
Yulara Airport 35.7 +0.8 45.2 22 Feb 2024 20.3 +1.2 6.6 28 Apr 2024 143.8 208.6 average 69%

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary, usually published in the first week of the following month, lists the main features of the weather in Northern Territory using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Wednesday 1 May 2024. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

Averages for individual sites are long-term means based on observations from all available years of record, which vary widely from site to site. They are not shown for sites with less than 10 years of record, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average rain.

The Rank indicates how rainfall this time compares with the climate record for the site, based on the decile ranking (very low rainfall is in decile 1, low in decile 2 or 3, average in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of average shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

Information about Australian Indigenous seasonal calendars is available at the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website.


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