While the south of the country burns, monsoonal rain and twin cyclones are likely in the north this week, kicking off what’s set to be an active cyclone season.
While the south of the country burns, monsoonal rain and twin cyclones are likely in the north this week, kicking off what’s set to be an active cyclone season.

Twin cyclones and rain on the way for parts of Australia

WHILE the south of the country burns, monsoonal rain and twin cyclones are likely in the north this week, kicking off what's set to be an active cyclone season.

A tropical low off the coast of Broome, Western Australia is forecast to intensify and be named Cyclone Blake by 5pm Monday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast TC Blake to become a category 2 system by 5am Tuesday, making landfall as a category 2 around 5pm at Wallal Downs and then weakening.

A tropical low off the coast of WA is forecast to intensify and be named Cyclone Blake by 5pm Monday, while a developing low in the Gulf has a moderate chance of becoming a cyclone Tuesday or Wednesday.
A tropical low off the coast of WA is forecast to intensify and be named Cyclone Blake by 5pm Monday, while a developing low in the Gulf has a moderate chance of becoming a cyclone Tuesday or Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a developing low in the Gulf of Carpentaria has a moderate chance of becoming a cyclone on Tuesday or Wednesday.

If it was to intensify into a system, it will be named Cyclone Claudia.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Sally Cutter told the NT News forecasters were closely monitoring the situation.

"It depends on how long it stays over the water as to whether it becomes a cyclone," she said.

"At the moment the environment is not unfavourable."

The NT low formed over the Arafura Sea several days ago and is predicted to develop as it moves slowly east through the Arafura Sea during the next day or so before moving towards the southwest, according to the information on the BOM website on Sunday afternoon.

"Although the movement and intensification of the tropical low is uncertain in the longer term, the risk of a tropical cyclone developing increases slightly from the middle of the week."

Ms Cutter said residents in the western Top End should expect rainfall totals of up to 200mm in the coming days.

 

 

For North Queensland, tropical storms are likely to develop in many areas this week, including the Herbert and Lower Burdekin districts.

The Bureau's forecast says an upper trough over the east coast combined with relatively moist onshore flow would lead to a slight to moderate chance of showers about the east coast, tending high to very high with some isolated thunderstorms about the central coast.

There will be a high (70%) chance of showers for the region Tuesday, likely in the afternoon and evening.

Showers are possible for Townsville Wednesday through to Friday, with a maximum daytime temperature of 33.



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