Cyclone warning cancelled, but heavy rainfall, flooding and fierce winds expected in Darwin
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Heavy rainfall, flash flooding and damaging winds are expected across the Top End over the next two days after Darwin experienced its coldest Christmas Day on record. 
A cyclone warning was cancelled on Saturday night after a tropical low west of Darwin moved over the coastline, just south of Dundee Beach. 
Jude Scott, from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), said the system "did not spend enough time over water to intensify to tropical cyclone strength".
"So far, it's been a good news story and we're very grateful we don't any longer have the threat of a cyclone," she said. 
She said the maximum temperature in Darwin on Christmas Day reached just 27.3 degrees Celsius, making it the "coolest Christmas Day on record" for the city. 
Ms Scott said the bureau would continue to issue severe weather warnings for the Top End over the next two days, "as the tropical low tracks east towards the Gulf of Carpentaria and the monsoon continues to strengthen". 
A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall has been issued for Daly, Tiwi, Arnhem and parts of Carpentaria districts as of early Sunday afternoon.
Over the past 24 hours, the BOM recorded between 50 and 100mm of rainfall across the Top End, with some regions along the Arnhem coastline, such as Maningrida and Milingimbi, recording more than 200mm.
Similar rainfall totals are expected over the following 24 hours. 
"The bureau is monitoring the potential for flooding as rivers are starting to rise in response to the rainfall," Ms Scott said. 
She said the heaviest rainfall will occur near the western side of the Top End and in coastal areas to the north, where "the monsoon is quite vigorous". 
NT Emergency Services regional manager Mark Cunnington urged Territorians to stay away from floodwaters and avoid driving into flooded crossings. 
"When you're driving out on the roads, take five off your speed in heavy rain and arrive alive," he said. 
He said emergency services have responded to four call-outs related to some trees falling on houses in Palmerston, a roof leak and a minor flooding incident at a house in Palmerston. 
Mr Cunnington said authorities did not need to evacuate anyone from the Dundee area. 
"Caravan parks in the area closed and people were moved on," he said. 
"Communities should be checking their flood issues, and there will be a number of areas getting quite wet through the Daly, Katherine… all the way out to Borroloola in the east." 
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