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build-up

noun the period just before the wet season when there is a gradual increase in heat and humidity causing extreme tension and irritability; suicide season.

Contributor's comments: Build up is also widely used in the Kimberley, and I think North Queensland.

Contributor's comments: In common use by those living in the Top End NT when referring to the increasing build up in humidity/ temperature which occurs from September through 3 or 4 months until the Wet (Season) begins. The term is used in local media - radio, TV and papers.