Residents across the northern territory are celebrating days with heavy rainfall, with more weather forecasts for the coming week.
- Some NT stations receive twice their average monthly rainfall
- The rain is expected to continue with showers and storms over the weekend
- The wet weather can cause delays in fruit picking
The wet weather is a welcome relief for many after the territory’s third warmest October ever.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued warnings of severe thunderstorms during the week as some stations recorded their highest daily rainfall in November ever.
Up to 50 millimeters is expected over most of the territory over the coming week.
Curtain Springs Station, 100 kilometers east of Uluru, received more than 50 mm of rain this week – more than double the average in November.
“It has been perfect rainfall for us, not only in the crowd but also how it has fallen,” said station Lindy Severin.
“We could not have asked for it to be better.”
From the Lasseter district to the Barkly Tablelands and the Western Top End, rainfall was widespread throughout the territory.
Hugh Dawson of Beetaloo Station in Barkly said the property registered more than 50mm.
“I think the early showers are certainly very promising for us,” said Mr. Dawson.
“Hopefully it keeps coming. It would be great to see this keep developing into a good, normal wet season.”
Although it is a welcome relief for many, the rain can cause delays for mango farms.
Mango growers avoid picking in wet weather to prevent the spread of fungal diseases that can cause fruit to spoil.
“After 25 mm of rain, we pull up – there is a threat that the mangoes will get anthracnose, which is a fungal disease,” said Nutrano packing plant manager Paul Cox.
“So we let the trees dry for 24 hours, and then we start picking and packing again.”
Cox said they had two days off over the past few weeks.
“And there is more [rain] is also expected next week, so potentially we could have a few more days off. ”