Forecast issued at 4:30 pm CST on Thursday 30 October 2014.
A weak ridge along the Queensland coast is directing a northeast to northwest flow across northern parts, with hot daytime temperatures inland. A slow moving trough near Elliott will drift southwards during the next couple of days as another trough approaches from WA. A patchy cloud band with showers and thunderstorms developing in the southwest, will extend across the southern half during Friday and Saturday as the WA trough moves eastwards. A cooler southerly change extending into the south over the weekend as a high moves across the Bight and the trough moves north, increasing the showers and storms over the Top End early in the new week.
Forecast for the rest of Thursday
A slight chance of afternoon showers and a storm about the west coast. A medium chance of showers or storms in the Lasseter District. Clear elsewhere. Light to moderate northeast to northwest winds.
Friday 31 October
Medium chance of afternoon showers or storms about the southwest Daly District. A medium chance of showers and storms in the Lasseter, Tanami, Gregory and southwest Simpson Districts. Mostly sunny elsewhere. Mainly light to moderate northeast to northwest winds ahead of a moderate southeast change during the late evening in the southern Lasseter District.
Fire Danger - Very High north of Mataranka, High elsewhere.
Saturday 1 November
Medium chance of showers and storms over the southwest Daly District, mainly during the afternoon. A medium chance of showers and storms over the western Gregory and much of the Territory south of Tennant Creek, though clearing from the far south later in the day. Mostly sunny elsewhere. Light to moderate northeast to northwest winds tending cooler southeasterly in the south.
Sunday 2 November
Medium chance of showers and storms over the southwest Daly District, extending through the Gregory, Barkly and Tanami Districts, mostly sunny elsewhere. Light to moderate northeast to northwest winds tending cooler southeasterly in the south of Elliott.
Monday 3 November
Slight chance of showers and storms north of Daly Waters and developing in the Lasseter District later in the day. Light winds over the Top End, tending moderate southeast to northeast to the south.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:00 am CST Friday.