Gulf cyclone tracking to NT

Gulf cyclone to reach NT on Monday

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The current tropical low is expected to track south before forming a category 2 cyclone on Sunday, which will track south, south-west before reaching the NT coastline on Monday.

The current tropical low is expected to track south before forming a category 2 cyclone on Sunday, which will track south, south-west before reaching the NT coastline on Monday.

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An expected tropical cyclone in the Gulf is not expected to make landfall before Monday.

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A TROPICAL cyclone expected to form over Gulf of Carpentaria waters on Sunday is not expected to make landfall until Monday.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the currrent slow-moving tropical low will intensify into a category 2 tropical cyclone tomorrow, prior to making landfall about the Northern Territory's southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast on Monday.

BoM's four day forecast through to February 25.

BoM's four day forecast through to February 25.

Meanwhile, good rain is predicted with falls of up to 100mm expected for a large part of South West Queensland.

According to BoM, the rainfall outlook for March shows large areas of southern Australia and parts of the tropical north having a slightly increased chance of being wetter than average.

The chances of a wetter or drier than average autumn (March to May) are roughly equal for most of Australia (45-55 per cent chance).

BoM's eight day forecast through to February 29.

BoM's eight day forecast through to February 29.

However, parts of south east Queensland have a slightly increased chance of being drier than average (60-65pc chance), while the northern NT and northern Cape York have a slightly increased chance of being wetter than average (60-70pc chance).

BoM says while recent rainfall over parts of eastern Australia has eased the dry in many areas, drought continues.

According to BoM, major climate drivers like the El Nio-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) are neutral and forecast to remain neutral through autumn.

"When these major climate drivers are neutral, widespread above or below average seasonal rainfall is less likely," BoM says.

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