Cyclone predictions for 2017-18 released
The North West can expect about two cyclones to hit the coast this season, with one likely to be severe, according to Sky News’ annual severe weather outlook
Sky News has released its forecast ahead of the Bureau of Meteorology’s official outlook, which is due to be released on Monday.
It predicts an average to slightly below average cyclone season for northern Australia due to average sea surface temperatures.
Up to 11 tropical cyclones have been forecast to form over Australian waters by Sky, with four to six of those forming off the North West.
The 2016-17 season saw seven tropical cyclones form off the North West, two of which made landfall.
Up to three tropical cyclones are likely off the north coast between the Kimberley and Cape York.
A full report on BoM’s outlook and how to prepare for the wet season will be available in the next edition of the Pilbara News.
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