Coral Sea cyclone unlikely but storms to continue
THE chances of a cyclone forming in the Coral Sea this week are slim, but the first half of March will likely bring some wilder weather to the Far North.The weather bureau says there is less than a 5 per cent chance of a cyclone developing off the Queensland coast in the early parts of the week, and the region is in for more of the showers and storms it saw at the weekend.
"There will be isolated showers and thunderstorms this week, which is about as good as the weather gets in this district at this time of year," weather bureau duty forecaster Adam Woods said.
"And it's good weather for boating, too. From Cooktown to Cardwell, it's 5 to 10-knot winds for the next couple of days at least."
Some weather models are showing a weak low forming in the Coral Sea in the coming days, but the bureau won't pay too much attention to it until more models show the same thing.
The return of the Madden-Julian oscillation a tropical disturbance that circles the planet from east to west will bring heavier rain and a possible tropical low early next month.
The MJO is responsible for tropical cyclone Rusty, which has formed off the West Australian coast.
"Once the MJO gets over to the Coral Sea we will probably see some development," Mr Woods said.
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