Weather for our Dry and Wet - Tropical Summer Seasons
in vibrant tropical Darwin the capital of in Northern Territory
Best time to visit Darwin
We suggest considering the following for different reasons.
The 'Dry Season' - May till October - (as pictured
right) because the days are warm and the sky is blue
and the night's are cool. The average maximum temperature
for June-July is approx. 32°C
Another time to visit Darwin
'Wet Season' - Now marketed as 'Tropical Summer'
from November till 1st May - 'rightly so' simply because
it doesn't always rain.
November to December - However 'build up' storms
are impressive and lightning strikes are frequent. In
fact the Top End of Australia records more lighting
strikes per year than any other place on earth.
Kakadu National Park - Seasons
But Australia's Kakadu sees seasons of varied extremes
- so varied, in fact, that the park's longtime aboriginal
inhabitants have divided the year into six distinct
|See more on Kakadu at http://www.kakadunationalparkaustralia.com/
Gunumeleng Pre-Monsoon Storm Season
Gunumeleng, from mid-October to late December, may in
fact last from a few weeks to several months. It is
the pre-monsoon season of hot weather that becomes more
and more humid. Thunderstorms build in the afternoons
and scattered showers bring a tinge of green to the
dry land. As the streams begin to run, acidic water
that washes from the floodplains can cause fish to die
in billabongs with low oxygen levels. Waterbirds spread
out as surface water and new growth become more widespread.
Barramundi move from the waterholes downstream to the
estuaries to breed. This was when Bininj/Mungguy moved
camp from the floodplains to the stone country, to shelter
from the violent storms of the coming wet season.
Gudjewg - Monsoon Season
Gudjewg, from January to March, can be described as
the 'true' wet season. It is a time of thunderstorms,
heavy rain and flooding. The heat and humidity generate
an explosion of plant and animal life. Spear grass grows
to over 2 metres tall and creates a silvery-green hue
throughout the woodlands. Magpie geese nest in the sedgelands.
Flooding may cause goannas, snakes and rats to seek
refuge in the trees. Eggs and stranded animals are a
good food source for Bininj/Mungguy during this time.
Banggereng - Knock 'em down storm Season
Banggerreng, in April, is the season when the rain clouds
have dispersed and clear skies prevail. The vast expanses
of floodwater recede and streams start to run clear.
Most plants are fruiting and animals are caring for
their young. Violent, windy storms early in this season
flatten the spear grass; they are called 'knock 'em
Yegge - Cooler but still humid Season
Yegge, from May to mid-June, is relatively cool with
low humidity. Early morning mists hang low over the
plains and waterholes. The shallow wetlands and billabongs
are carpeted with water lilies. Drying winds and flowering
Darwin woolly butt tell Bininj/Mungguy that it is time
to start burning the woodlands in patches to 'clean
the country' and encourage new growth for grazing animals.
Wurrgeng - Cold Weather Season
Wurrgeng, from mid-June to mid-August, is the 'cold
weather' time; humidity is low, daytime temperatures
are around 30°C and night-time temperatures are around
17°C. Most creeks stop flowing and the floodplains quickly
dry out. Burning continues, extinguished by the dew
at night. By day, birds of prey patrol the fire lines
as insects and small animals try to escape the flames.
Magpie geese, fat and heavy after weeks of abundant
food, and a myriad of other waterbirds crowd the shrinking
Gurrung - Hot Dry Weather
Gurrung, from mid-August to mid-October, is hot and
dry. It is still 'goose time' but also time for Bininj/Mungguy
to hunt file snakes and long-necked turtles. Sea turtles
lay their eggs on the sandy beaches of Field Island
and West Alligator Head and goann as rob their nests
sometimes. White-breasted wood swallows arrive as thunderclouds
build, signalling the return of Gunumeleng.
- January to March, can be described as the 'true'
wet season. It is a time of thunderstorms, heavy rain
The great thing about Darwin many our clients don't
realise is we have some of the best preparation procedures
in the world - seriously the folks at NTES
Also did you know all the new buildings since Cyclone
Tracy (1974) have to be cyclone coded that's why the
property prices are a bit higher. Such as screws in
the roof instead of nails and also extra rods in the
Now for investors
this is great your house will last a few hundreds more
years we reckon. If you have lived here for a while
you will mostly say you either don't mind the wet or
it doesn't worry you.
We asked around 100 folks for this web site and 3 said
they were unsure of the season because of cyclones.
Now these 3 had only been living here a year.
The rest knew that Darwin has good warning levels,
good access in and out of the city, very good preparation
measures and 99% of the time they miss Darwin by 100-200klm
and were back out to sea. The ones that left a mark
on Darwin city was Cyclone Tracy (1974) and Cyclone
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For further information on warning services, go to
the Tropical Cyclone Information section of the web
page at: www.bom.gov.au/weather/nt/cyclone/
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Darwin - We have offered the links to the www.bom.gov.au
the weather site. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/
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