Those dot dash lines on the top of the weather map are the monsoon, forming up and approaching our tropical north. Sweltering days breed epic thunderstorms, and rain returns to the Kimberley, Cape York and the Top End, after an absence of many months.
People really do go out and dance in the first rain, celebrating the breaking of the build-up, and an end to high temperatures and humidity that combine to create awful conditions.
Then there's the magical scent - petrichor - when long-dry soil gets wet for the first time. Rain renews country, creeks and billabongs are full, and life is abundant once more.
It's a time worth celebrating, with songs about rain. Listen to my radio piece (from ABC Radio's It's Just Not Cricket) and enjoy a Spotify of rain songs.
Richard is a writer, podcaster, radio and TV broadcaster, an editor, and a lover of music. He tells the stories of how great songs are made, and of the people who make them.