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Weather Bureau "Keeping A Close Eye" On Monsoon Trough

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Monsoon break conditions continue for the Top End this weekend - the monsoon trough is expected to remain well offshore to our north for the next few days, which means there's only a very slight chance the Top End will see monsoonal conditions during the next week

The weather bureau is keeping a close eye on the development of two areas within the monsoon trough; a tropical low near PNG, and an area north of the NT coast near East Timor where a low is beginning to form

The most likely scenario for the system north of the NT is that it will move slowly south-west and away from the NT - however conditions may change quite quickly as the system develops, so it's too early to forecast whether any Top End locations will be affected

There is a low (10%) chance that we could see a tropical cyclone develop over NT waters on Sunday

The low near PNG is expected to move into the Coral Sea over the next few days, and there is a chance the system will develop over water further into next week. After the weekend, there is a wide area the system could move into, however the most likely areas would be either across Cape York into the Gulf of Carpentaria or it may move towards the southeast and remain in the Coral Sea

There is some potential for two lows to develop into tropical cyclones from early next week – the next two names for cyclones that form in the Australian region will be #CycloneTrevor and #CycloneVeronica

Tropical #CycloneSavannah (category 1) has formed near the Cocos and Keeling Islands, which is expected to cause heavy rainfall and damaging winds to the islands in the Indian Ocean during today

Sunday 17 March marks the one year anniversary since Category 2 tropical #CycloneMarcus passed over Darwin, leading to widespread power outages, and tens of thousands of fallen trees

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