Brisbane, AAP – A slow-moving monsoon trough near the Gulf of Carpentaria won’t get close to forming into a cyclone until at least Wednesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore says the low pressure system is still over land and yet to move over water, where it’s more likely to form a cyclone.
‘It’s taking its time, so we’re nowhere near cyclone status and probably won’t be for a while yet,’ he told AAP.
‘Better chances are mid and late week for any cyclone development.’
He said there was a high chance a cyclone could form between Wednesday and Christmas, but even then a high chance meant more than 50 per cent.
The system would likely track southeast towards the western Cape York Peninsula or the southern shore of the Gulf.
The weather bureau has urged those living in the western Cape and southern Gulf to prepare their cyclone plans.