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12 NEWS FRIDAY JANUARY 8 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 The NTFL rep squad trains at TIO stadium under storm clouds. Picture: Che Chorley THE Top End can expect the deluge, which dropped almost 100mm of rain in some areas on Wednesday, to continue for the next week thanks to the current monsoon break period. It means the Northern Territory Buffaloes representative team may face similar wet conditions at their next training session, after having a wet and wild kick at TIO Stadium on Wednesday night, with 21mm falling. Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Billy Lynch said the 97mm and 81mm recorded at Daly River and Noonamah respectively were on the heavier end of the spectrum but similar rain would be seen in the Top End over the next seven days. Weve gone back to what we call a monsoon break period which means its the typical afternoon/evening thunderstorms, he said. WILL ZWAR WET WEATHER KICKING ON DARWIN CBD DARWIN WATERFRONT RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility STOKES HILL WHARF Adult $28.00 Senior $22.00 Child (6-14 yrs) $16.00 FAMILY (2 Adult + 3 Children) $70.00 See, experience and learn through the wonder of technology as this state of the art facility brings history to life. Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin 08 8983 5700 email@example.com rfdsdarwin.com.au Relive the drama of the bombing of Darwin harbour that rocked Australia in 1942. OPENING HOURS 09:30am - 4:00pm (Last Entry at 3:00pm) Public Holidays 10am - 3pm (Last Entry 2.00pm) Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday 8981 3201 www.buffclub.com.au TRIVIA Wed Nights 7pm Bingo Thurs 10.15am Friday Night Raffl es & Members Draw from 5.30pm Your favourite watering hole HAPPY NEW YEAR TRIVIA RECOMMENCES 6 January 2021 MEAL SPECIALS RECOMMENCE 7 January 2021 Bistro Lunch $8.00. AUSTRALIA notched up another grim series of climate records in 2020, including our warmest-ever spring and warmest-ever November, while the year overall was our fourth hottest. The latest Bureau of Meteorology climate report found temperatures across the country as a whole were 1.15C above average in 2020 surpassed only by the scorchers of 2019 both our hottest and driest year ever), 2013 and 2005. The hottest temperature across Australia in 2020 was in outer-western Sydney on January 7, when the mercury topped out at 48.9C in Penrith, and the coldest minimum was a bone-snapping -14.2C in Liawenee, Tasmania, on August 7. Rainfall was 4 per cent above average for the year, easing drought conditions in many areas, although some still experienced below-average falls, including southeastern Queensland, western Tasmania, and large parts of Western Australia. Significant rainfall in the southern part of the MurrayDarling Basin led to water storage increases, with levels rising from 36 per cent in March to 69 per cent in November, while in the northern part of the basin the increases were more modest, rising from 5 per cent to 25 per cent in December. The year also had the distinction of being Australias warmest La Nina year to date, although Andrew Watkins, head of Operational Climate Services at the bureau, was reluctant to use the term as the La Nina conditions typically associated with lower temperatures and increased rainfall across the continent were officially recognised only in September. The whole year wasnt a La Nina year, Dr Watkins said. Senior climatologist Dr Lynette Bettio said while it wasnt unknown for La Nina events to occur in successive years, the current La Nina was at its peak now and expected to follow a typical life cycle of decline into autumn. The annual climate report, released on Thursday, also reveals Australia has just finished its warmest decade yet. The mean temperature for the 10 years from 2011 to 2020 was the highest on record, at 0.94C above average, and 0.33C warmer than the previous 10 years (2001-2010), Dr Bettio said. Dr Watkins said while December data was still being collected, 2020 was on track to be the third-warmest year on record for the entire planet. Globally, every year from 2013 onwards has been among the 10 warmest on record, with 2016 and 2019 being the hottest, and 2020 was among the top three, despite the onset of La Nina, which has a suppressing effect on global temperatures, Dr Bettio said. Another year of soaring heat records DAVID MILLS NT IN 2020 Fifth-warmest year on record. Annual rainfall above average. January, February, October, and December only months with above-average rainfall. Dum In Mirrie (northwest Top End) had highest daily rainfall ever recorded in the Territory with 562.0mm. Darwin Airports annual mean daily maximum temperature was 1.0C above average.