Pos­si­ble cy­clone

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A CY­CLONE ex­pected to form in the Co­ral Sea by tonight is ex­pected to keep the Dou­glas re­gion rel­a­tively dry for the rest of the month.

There was a mod­er­ate chance Cy­clone Tim would form to­day north of Lock­hart River as the Gazette went to press last night.

If it does, it will draw in south­east­erly winds and dras­ti­cally re­duce the chances of mon­soonal rains in the Dou­glas re­gion for at least a cou­ple of weeks.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy duty fore­caster An­drew Mostyn said the weather sys­tem is ex­pected to fol­low a sim­i­lar path as Cy­clone Sandy, con­tin­u­ing away from the Queens­land coast. ‘‘There is no threat to the Queens­land coast,’’ he said. ‘‘It will ac­tu­ally fine up our weather and bring on the back of the cy­clone south­east­erly winds, we are ex­pect­ing a fine af­ter­noon and into the week­end, with fine weather right through to early next week. We are look­ing to­wards mid-April now for a proper rain­fall event, the wet sea­son hasn’t fin­ished and there is po­ten­tial for an­other burst of mon­soon at the end of the sea­son.’’

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