January, February Rain and Weather Forecast Queensland

Queensland, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Cooktown and all other Queensland cities, towns, regions, and areas.

As we see an intense low and possible cyclone form in the western Gulf of Carpentaria, and a Category one, possible 2 cyclone Kimmy off the north tropical Queensland coastline (see weather video above), there is the possibility of several severe weather systems developing in the coral sea, and heading south toward the southern Queensland coastline and northern coastline.

The cyclone season is upon us and we must prepare as this season is going to be interesting in terms of how many cyclones that do develop and their intensity.

It could be the year of drought-breaking flooding rains across Queensland as well.

The turbulent atmosphere is being driven by a medium to strong La Nina event. I’ll keep yous all updated over the following few weeks.

Read more about La Nina and its effects on Australia

This year we are expected to see an above-average rainfall amount, particularly in eastern Queensland. Western areas of Queensland will also see above-average rainfall amounts, particularly if one of these rain-bearing systems head further inland, drenching drought-stricken areas.

Several severe weather systems are current (as of 17/01/2021) including a deep low in the Gulf of Carpentaria and Cyclone Kimmy in the north of Queensland around the Cairns-Cooktown areas.

There will be more severe weather systems developing in the Coral sea over the next month including tropical cyclones striking the mainland of Queensland. The coral sea is a cauldron of instability at the moment and will continue to be so for a few months yet.

We could see intense rain-bearing systems and strong tropical cyclones developing in the Coral Sea and heading in a south or westerly direction as the La Nina trade winds take hold and enhance a westerly wind pattern directing these systems onto the Queensland coastline.

Chance of above average rainfall over jan - feb - march 2021 weather map
Chance of above-average rainfall over jan – feb – march 2021 weather mapwww. Bom. Gov. Au

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through floodwaters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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