Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Daly, Tiwi, Arnhem, Gregory and parts of Carpentaria, Barkly and Tanami districts.

Issued at 10:59 am Wednesday, 17 January 2024.


Weather Situation: The monsoon trough currently extends across the base of the Top End and is expected to remain slow-moving for the remainder of the week. An embedded tropical low located west of Daly Waters is forecast to deepen while moving slowly towards the east today. Strong monsoonal flow will continue north of the tropical low across the northern Top End.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is likely over parts of the Daly, Gregory and western Carpentaria and northwestern Barkly districts today. Scattered six-hourly rainfall totals between 80 to 150 mm are likely, tending less likely north of about Adelaide River to Ngukurr.

Locally INTENSE RAINFALL which may lead to DANGEROUS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is also possible with thunderstorms around the western and southern flanks of the tropical low during this period with six-hourly rainfall totals of 150 to 200 mm. A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued if very dangerous thunderstorms with intense rainfall are detected.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible with thunderstorms near the low, and in monsoon squalls over the Daly, Tiwi and Arnhem districts.

Flood warnings are also current for the Northern Territory.

Locations which may be affected include Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy, Jabiru, Maningrida, Wadeye, Wurrumiyanga, Nauiyu, Lajamanu, Elliott and Kalkarindji.

Gourley recorded 160 mm of rainfall in 7 hours to 21:30 CST

The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should:
* secure loose outside objects and seek shelter when conditions deteriorate
* pull over if it is raining heavily and you cannot see, park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears
* avoid driving into water of unknown depth and current
* create your own sandbags if there is flooding, by using pillow cases or shopping bags filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home
* stay away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways
* ensure pets and animals are safe
* be prepared in case of power outages, have an emergency kit with a radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
* for emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones, contact the NTES on 132 500. For more safety tips visit