“You can see very large totals with these systems if they move onshore, even if they haven’t become a cyclone yet,” she said.
The current weather pattern marks the end of an unusually dry start to North Australia’s wet season, attributed to the influence of El Nino and another climate driver, the Indian Ocean Dipole.
The BOM closely monitors the situation, forecasting a 25 per cent chance of a cyclone forming in the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf over the weekend.
In addition to the cyclone threat near Darwin, BOM is keeping a close eye on another system in the Gulf of Carpentaria, named 05U, which is associated with the monsoon.
While it has a low chance of forming into a cyclone from Friday, authorities are concerned it could bring further rain to areas of Far North Queensland recently impacted by Tropical Cyclone Jasper.
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