A tropical low north of Queensland could develop into a cyclone next week following the development of a monsoonal trough stretching from the Northern Territory to Papua New Guinea.
A tropical low weather system situated east of Papua New Guinea, could develop into a Tropical Cyclone before moving south towards the Cape York Peninsular.
Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Michael Gray said the tropical low was 1000 kilometres from the Queensland coast.
"There is a chance that next week the low could develop into a Tropical Cyclone in the Coral Sea.
"If the cyclone develops it should track back towards Cape York but we are unsure of its movements following the development.
"It could move west into the Gulf of Carpentaria, south along the east coast of Australia or remain off shore.
"We will be monitoring the low's movements over the weekend and if we do see a chance of it developing we will issue watches, alerts, tracking maps and cyclone information."
If a tropical cyclone develops, it could deliver heavy and widespread rainfall across the north of the state.
RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said it was important Queensland families took the time to consider what needed to be done around the house in preparation for the potential cyclone and to put their emergency plans in place.
“Take a good look around the outside of your home and remove debris, like branches and trees, clean your gutters and make sure your roof is secure and doesn’t leak,” she said.
“Plan ahead by pulling together your emergency kit with essential food, water and medical supplies, and have an emergency plan for your family and pets, in case you need to evacuate.
“Taking time now to prepare for a storm event is well worth the effort, because once the storm hits, it’s too late.”
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