Saturated areas of northern Queensland could be in for another drenching, with a monsoon system expected to return.
And there is a risk of a tropical low impacting the region at the same, sparking a flooding alert for Cape York peninsula and coastal communities on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
“The monsoon will return to far north Queensland later this week, bringing heavy rainfall and the risk of flooding,” the Bureau of Meteorology tweeted on Monday.
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“A tropical low may also impact Gulf communities, exacerbating existing flooding.”
The low, dubbed 07U, is expected to form on Tuesday or Wednesday over the Northern Territory, before moving east towards the Gulf of Carpentaria.
It’s rated a “moderate” risk to develop into a cyclone in the Gulf from late Thursday, before moving southwest with a possible crossing near the Queensland-Northern Territory border.
“07U may move towards the southwest and there is a risk of it making landfall along the southern coastline of the Gulf of Carpentaria,” the bureau said.
Cape York and Gulf regions have been impacted by flooding in recent months due to heavy rain from ex-tropical cyclones Jasper and Kirrily.