During the last few days hot weather has arrived in our regions after significant cool conditions we have had all this spring season. Many places reached the mid 30's the last few days and higher temperatures are likely early this week before a cool change brings thunderstorms. Rainfall totals with this change will be patchy, isolated heavy falls only.
Further heavy rain and thunderstorms occurred last weekend in Darwin. If more heavy rain falls before the end of November it will indicate a very wet, wet season like it did in 2010-2011. Further heavy rain has fallen at the two Indian Ocean Islands.
Broome last Saturday recorded its highest minimum temperature on record for November with a reading of 30.1, the previous record being in November of 2014 and the old post office record of 29.2 in November of 1933.
During the past few days many persons who regularly check the Bureau's radar would have seen a cluster of echoes moving very erractically in a circle over the Riverina and in the Broome area. These echoes are not rain echoes. It is possibly reflections of ice crystals from dense cirrus clouds which may have originated from decaying thunderstorm clouds.
Temperatures after the approaching cool change will be below normal generally for the remainder of November. The next hot spell is indicated from mid December to near Christmas Day and this may be the hottest for next summer. Heavy rain is anticipated early January.
I completed 10000 kms of cycling last Thursday for this year for the 38th successive year but it's been hard going since late 2013. I may call it quits next year after various health problems