Forecasts show possible cyclone looms in Coral Sea

THE first tropical low of the season is expected to form in the Coral Sea later in the week, according to computer modelling generated by the Bureau of Meteorology.

It is too soon to say whether the low will deepen into a cyclone.

It is notoriously difficult to predict the exact path of a tropical weather system, but current models suggest north-east swell from the system will start to hit our shores from late Sunday night.

Growing out of a broad area of monsoonal low pressure over the Solomon Islands, the whirling mass of cloud and heat energy is expected to intensify from Thursday before moving due south and dissipating east of Fraser Island by early next week.

With the system predicted to stay offshore there is an increased chance of big surf on our beaches.

Helping to guide this system will be the warm sea surface temperatures currently washing our shores.

As of the end of November, global sea temperatures were 0.49C above average.



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