A cyclone set to form in the Coral Sea won’t threaten the Australian mainland in coming days but “could move close to the Queensland coast next week”.
The tropical low over the Solomon Islands on Monday is expected to move west and develop into a cyclone on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
The system will intensify and could be “severe” by the weekend as it moves through the Coral Sea towards the east coast, forecasters say.
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“Recent guidance indicates that (the system) could move close to the Queensland coast next week,” BOM said on Monday.
Modelling shows the storm could have a front offshore between Cairns to Rockhampton.
It is not expected to impact Queensland for at least seven days.
Modelling showing the possible location of a severe weather system on December 11. Credit: Bureau of Meteorology
“For the next seven days at least, it’s expected to remain a long way from the Queensland coast,” BOM senior forecaster Sarah Scully told Sunrise.
“So no direct impacts apart from the potential of some heavy swell on the east coast towards the end of next weekend.”
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