More than ten days without any rain have fallen in the Northern Territory’s rain-fuelled capital Darwin, the capital’s weather office announced on Thursday.
The official weather-related news bulletin for the capital of the state of Queensland, Brisbane, said the rainfall was below normal, with a total of 8.7 millimetres (4.7 inches) falling across the region over the last 10 days.
But that was a drop of 1.2 millimetre (0.5 inch) less than the normal average of 8 millimetrees (4 inches) and a drop 0.2 mm (0,8 inch) below the long-term average.
“This is good news for the community and good news to the meteorological community because this is really low rainfall and that is really good news,” the spokesman for the weather office, Tom Mottram, said.
The weather office said it was not yet certain if the heavy rain was linked to the supercell storm system that has battered the region, with some reports indicating it was due to tropical storm conditions.
“The rain will continue over the coming days,” the office said.
Rainfall: A map showing rainfall in the state, from October 1, 2016.
Rain was recorded in all parts of the region except in Darwin, where the capital had recorded only 0.3 millimeters (0 in).
“We are confident this is a very low number,” Mr Mottam said.
“We can’t say yet whether it’s related to this storm, but we do have some evidence of a very cold front over the Northern Territories.”
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said the previous day had seen an average of 7.5 millimetons (4 in) of rain, the lowest level in more than 10 years.
“There is still a significant amount of rain in the NT.
We are very worried about this storm and there’s still a lot of rain to come,” BoM spokesman Dan Jackson said.ABC/wires