There may be a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Covid situation in the south-eastern states at the moment, but grey nomads are still leaving the north in numbers as temperatures soar.
The prolonged lockdowns in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT had persuaded many travellers that this was a good year to stay north longer than usual … but it seems many have now decided enough is enough.
The Farm Online publication reports that the Stuart and Victorian highways are crammed with caravans fleeing the arrival of the build-up heat.
“The caravan parks were full a week or two ago, now they are all empty,” long-time Katherine resident Bruce Francois told the publication. “It’s got hot very suddenly, a bit earlier than normal.”
Thousands of people have crammed into the Northern Territory during the dry season to make a run from the pandemic lockdowns back home in the southern states.
Darwin recently broke a 38-year September temperature record after reaching a maximum of 38 degrees. The previous record was 37.7 degrees set in September, 1983.
It nearly reached 40 degrees in Darwin’s rural areas with Noonamah recording 39.7 degrees, breaking its September record of 38.8° degrees set in 2019.
Katherine has also seen a run of 39-plus degree. The hot, dry and windy conditions in the Top End are due to stronger than normal south easterly winds.
Stronger winds have delayed the normal arrival of the sea breeze, allowing the hot temperatures in Darwin’s rural area to reach the city and coastal suburbs.