BoM is concerned the monsoonal trough could develop into a tropical cyclone, then move south.
BoM is concerned the monsoonal trough could develop into a tropical cyclone, then move south.

BOM: Monsoonal trough could move south

WEATHER experts are closely monitoring the movements of a monsoonal trough in Queensland's north, with concerns it could develop into a tropical cyclone.

The Bureau of Meteorology has flagged the trough will develop into a cyclone or a deep low before drifting further south to the Coral Sea, with the possibility of then moving down the Queensland coast.

The trough has already brought flooding to parts of the north and west Queensland.

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BOM meteorologist Julian de Morten said their main concern was at this stage is watching if the trough will drift south-east into the Coral Sea.

He said it's too early to tell if it would drift further south to the Gladstone region, but that will become easier to predict once it further develops.

"At this stage, it's got to further develop, and then it has to move into the Coral Sea -- it's quite a low chance of reaching your area at this stage."

But he said a high-pressure ridge off the state's east coast is likely to bring rain to Gladstone for most of the coming week.

"We've certainly got some reasonable on-shore flow, so there's a good chance of showers for Gladstone for the rest of the week," he said, adding it would bring up to 20mm each day.

"The ridge up the east coast is bringing south east winds, so you can still get showers and rain for region."



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