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.’’