No threat from state’s first- ever July cyclone
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.”