No threat from state’s first- ever July cy­clone

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A CY­CLONE north of the Solomon Is­lands is the first Queens­land fore­cast­ers have ever recorded in July.

Cy­clone Raquel is 2000km from Queens­land and not ex­pected to have any im­pact, apart from the pos­si­bil­ity of big seas in com­ing days.

It comes with record rain­fall in the west and north of the state and the warmest ever first- half of a year for the state.

Weather bureau fore­caster Jess Carey said cy­clones usu­ally only formed in the south­ern hemi­sphere in sum­mer.

Warm seas, the mon­soon trough pro­vid­ing mois­ture and in­sta­bil­ity and high al­ti­tude winds were needed nor­mally.

Mr Carey said out- of- sea- son cy­clones had been recorded be­fore around Fiji.

How­ever, none had ever been recorded in ar­eas in­volv­ing Queens­land fore­cast­ers.

“We ex­pect it to hang around the Solomons for two or three days,” he said.

“But there is no in­di­ca­tion it will move south to­wards Queens­land.”

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