In the Top End of the Northern Territory has two distinct seasons, the ‘wet’ and the ‘dry’. Plan ahead with this information.
The wet season (November – April)
The wet season in Darwin is characterised by high humidity, monsoonal rains and storms. Average temperatures range from 24.7 – 32 °C (76.5 – 89.6°F), and humidity can push past 80 per cent. The average annual rainfall is 1727.3 mm (68″) and January is the wettest month. Despite this, January and February is considered by many as the most beautiful time of year in the Top End. Sunny days and afternoon storms refresh the landscape, and animals and plants flourish.
October to December is the season of spectacular lightning storms, an event eagerly awaited by locals who watch the show from beachside restaurants and bars.
The dry season (May – October)
The dry season, from May until October, is characterised by warm, dry sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures typically range from 21.6– 31.8°C (70.9 – 89.2°F), and humidity levels are much lower: around 60 – 65 per cent.
Relatively cool weather arrives in May, and until July, nights are crisp with temperatures ranging from 17 – 23 °C (62.6 – 73.4°F). It is also the perfect time to explore the more remote areas of the region that can be off-limits during the wet season.