Darwin unlike most of the other states,
do not have daylight savings
or four seasons.
Instead we have only the dry seasons and the wet seasons, but
towards the end of the dry season there is a period of time that
is called the build up to the wet.
Darwins weather is perfect from May to around September.
The weather is tropical with the days beautiful and sunny with
the nights, nice and cool. During these months it is called the
Dry Season, when the days are characterized by a gentle south-easterly
wind with blue skies. This is great weather for almost anything,
especially for enjoying the great outdoors day or night. During
this time of the year playing sports or attending to bbq`s at
night are the way of life for Darwinites
The coolest months of the year are around June and July, when
the daily temperature range is 19 to 30 degrees, The hottest months
are October to December when daily temperatures are between 25
and 33 degrees but with a higher humidity rate. During this time
we call it the build up to the wet seasons, where it becomes rather
hot and sticky. We get rain patches during this time but the rain
doesn't last long and the suns back out again bringing with it
a steamy higher humidity rate.
Being a tropical climate there is a distinctive
Wet Season period, with most rain falling between December and
March. There can be high intensity storms at this time, often
providing quite spectacular lightning displays. The lightning
here does quiet often hit the ground so you have to be careful
where you shelter.
The humidity during the Wet is regularly over 80
per cent, however many locals prefer the wet season as it brings
relief to the humid build up. During this time Darwin` s gardens
come alive as the whole scenery changes in colour and the place
is nice and green.
Towards the end of the wet session, it is rumoured by local myth
that once you see dragon flies appear it is the end of the wet
session but this ins` nt so, but the timing can be uncanny sometimes.
After the wet it is still humid as there is allot of water around.
This is the time the mozzies breed and are the worst. The Government
and locals try to combat this problem by tipping out water collected
in places like old car tyres etc and spaying likely breeding spots.
The tourist season is normally between between May
and September but people are starting to realize that Darwin is
a place to see not only during the dry but also the wet session
with an increasing number of visitors coming up to experience
the wet, Darwin style.
Darwin averages 8.5 hours of sunshine a day, an annual rainfall
of 1,669mm, 110 rain days (over 0.2mm or more), with an average
temperature for the hottest month of 29.2 degrees and an average
temperature for the coldest month of 24.8 degrees.
The Cyclone Season is from October to April. Active
monsoon troughs are the most likely time for development. Memories
of Cyclone Tracy in 1974 continue to remind Darwinites of the
destructive force that they do bring. Cyclone Thelma that came
near Darwin just before Christmas 98 reminded everyone of
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