Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Daly, Tiwi, Arnhem and parts of Carpentaria districts.

Issued at 1:04 am Sunday, 26 December 2021.

STRENGTHENING MONSOON ACROSS THE NORTHERN TOP END

Weather Situation: The monsoon is strengthening across the northern Top End as a tropical low approaches western Top End coast, southwest of Darwin. The monsoon trough is expected to move further inland from the coast tonight.

A tropical low is located southwest of Darwin and is moving southeastwards towards western Top End coast. The tropical low is now not expected to reach tropical cyclone intensity as it crosses the western Top End coast however, heavy rain and squalls are still expected over large parts of the Top End.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected to continue into Sunday across the Arnhem, Daly, Tiwi and northwest Carpentaria districts. 24 hour rainfall totals of 150-250 mm and isolated falls to 300 mm are possible.

DAMAGING WINDS with gusts of up to 100 km/h with monsoonal squalls may develop about the west and north coast tonight.

These conditions may extend further east and south across the Carpentaria and Arnhem District later on Sunday.

A Flood Watch is also current for parts of the Top End.

For more information on weather warnings in the Northern Territory refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/nt/warnings/.

Locations which may be affected include Darwin, Palmerston, Dundee Beach,Jabiru, Nhulunbuy, Wurrumiyanga, Adelaide River, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Galiwinku, Warruwi, Cooinda and Gunbalanya.

Locations which may be affected include Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Adelaide River, Wadeye, Jabiru, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Galiwinku, Warruwi, Cooinda, Wurrumiyanga and Gunbalanya.

Rainfall observed since 9am Saturday:

175.4 mm at Dum-In-Mirrie

170 mm at Milingimbi

175 mm at Maningrida.

The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should:
* secure loose outside objects and seek shelter when conditions deteriorate
* pull over if it is raining heavily and you cannot see, park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears
* avoid driving into water of unknown depth and current
* create your own sandbags if there is flooding, by using pillow cases or shopping bags filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home
* stay away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways
* ensure pets and animals are safe
* be prepared in case of power outages, have an emergency kit with a radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit
* for emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones, contact the NTES on 132 500. For more safety tips visit www.securent.nt.gov.au