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Low chance of NT cyclone next week: BOM

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

There's a small chance a cyclone could hit the Top End from next week as Territorians brace for monsoon conditions in the coming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects a monsoon trough to ramp up over the Arafura and Timor Seas and move towards Australia's north coast.

A monsoon burst is expected this weekend which could bring daily rainfall totals of 50-100mm and flash flooding.

A low pressure system is expected to develop from this weekend, heightening the risk of a tropical cyclone brewing, BOM senior forecaster Billy Lynch says.

The BOM forecasts a 20 per cent chance of a cyclone hitting the Top End from Monday.

"Perhaps as the week progresses that risk will increase but we'll just have to wait and see," Mr Lynch said.

The BOM will issue a Christmas Day forecast on Sunday.

DARWIN CHRISTMAS STATISTICS:

* Wettest Christmas Day on record was 277mm during Cyclone Tracy in 1974, compared with the average daily rainfall total of 9.5mm

* Average maximum temperature is 32.3C, with the coldest Christmas temperature 28.2C in 1942 and the hottest 34.9C in 1991

* Darwinites enjoyed an overnight temperature of just 21.2C in 1958 (average 25C) and sweltered through 29.4C in 1990.

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