The Northern Territory’s expansive land is so great that the climate varies greatly from town to town and destinations within each region. From the tropical monsoonal climate of the Top End to the deserts of Central Australia, the Northern Territory is diverse and exciting.
Central Australia is a desert climate region, with an average maximum temperature of around 35°C during the day between October and March, and an overnight average minimum of around 20°C. While during the Australian winter months of the more southern parts of Australia, the Central region enjoys an average maximum of around 25°C with dramatic overnight temperatures dropping toward 0°C, typical of a desert region. The location and the weather make the region perfect for camping and four wheel drive exploratory holidays.
The Tropical North
From Katherine heading north, to the Top End of the Northern Territory where Darwin is located there is no winter as the climate is tropical monsoonal with a dry and wet season. The dry season from May to October is typically when tourists visit, as the days are filled with blue skies and sunshine and the evening’s cool breezes bring down the temperature. The lower humidity and average daily temperature of around 32°C make for perfect weather while the southern parts of Australia face winter.
Between November and April spectacular thunderstorms fill the northern sky. The humidity rises dramatically up to 98% and the heat can soar up to 39°C inland. The wet season is dramatic with wildlife abundant, beautiful balmy evenings, spectacular lightning displays with cooling tropical rainstorms.
This time of year is also known as the cyclone season in the Top End. During the past century, Darwin and surrounds have been affected by three major cyclones. In the lead up to the cyclone season the Northern Territory Government reminds residents of cyclone preparedness.
For more information on preparing for cyclones, visit SecureNT.
For more information about Northern Territory weather visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.
Image courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology