New cyclone set to steer clear of Central Queensland - BOM
ROCKHAMPTON may have been in the firing line for Marcia, but two new cyclones look set to stay away.
Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson Jess Carey said there were two lows which could both be named as cyclones this week.
One forming near Fiji is expected to move in a S/SE direction.
Mr Carey said it could prove dangerous for Fiji and Vanuatu, with Bureau of Meteorology modelling predicting the low could become a "large, deep" Category 5 system.
A second low, which formed off Papua New Guinea yesterday, is expected to be named Cyclone Nathan before the end of the week. If a system off the West Australian coast develops first, the northern cyclone would be dubbed Olwyn.
Nathan's chances of expanding into a cyclone lie between 20% and 50% at the moment, but the bureau believes its chances will be stronger from today.
The timing and intensity of the looming cyclone is still unknown, because the tropical low is so young.
"At this stage, the most favoured track is that westerly route across the (Cape York) peninsula and into the Gulf of Carpentaria," Mr Carey said.
Mr Carey said Cairns could expect to get 100mm to 200mm of rain a day for the next week.
He said areas south of Mackay could expect stable conditions, with temperatures slightly higher than average.
He emphasised that cyclone movements were always difficult to predict.