Communities living along the Western Australia’s coastal areas have been asked to prepare for “cyclone weather” today as heavy showers and gusty winds are set to intensify into a tropical cyclone.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has placed a warning for towns around Karratha this morning, as the tropical low heads over land to the western sides of the state.
Residents of and near communities between Giralia and De Grey, and those in Karratha, Port Hedland, Onslow and Dampier have been asked to prepare emergency kits that should include food, water, first aid supplies, portable radio, a torch, and spare batteries.
Those residing between Giralia and North West Cape as well as Exmouth have been asked to stay on high alert as they await the next advice.
“The tropical low is over land and moving towards the west, taking it closer to the Pilbara coast,” the BoM reported.
“It may move offshore late today or during Tuesday and develop into a tropical cyclone.
“There remains the possibility that the system tracks further south, remains over land and does not intensify into a tropical cyclone. This would significantly decrease the chance of gales in coastal communities.”
Heavy rains are expected to soak parts of central and eastern Pilbara later today, with flood warnings having been issued.
Gale force winds moving at speeds of up to 100km/h are set to sweep across the coastal areas between Dampier and De grey, all the way to Karratha and Port Hedland areas later today.
The winds might then move to the west past Dampier, extending to Onlsow and Exmouth later tomorrow, if the system tracks over the ocean as expected.
Damaging winds with gusts of 130km/h are forecast in North West Cape later tomorrow or Wednesday, if the system moves off the coast and grows intense.
Those in need of SES assistance can contact 132 500 or if in a life-threatening situation they should dial triple zero.
Here’s the state-by-state weather outlook for Monday February 1, 2021.
New South Wales and the ACT
Sydney is set to be cloudy with medium chances of rainfall possibly later today. A peak of 27 degrees Celsius is expected, as light northeasterly winds breeze across the city.
In Canberra, there are very high chances of rain accompanied by thunderstorms later this afternoon through to evening.
A high of 29 degrees Celsius is forecast in the Capital.
A peak of 24 degrees Celsius is expected for Melbourne today, with slight chances of showers later in the evening.
The city is expected to be partly cloudy with northerly winds moving at up to 20km/h turning lighter in the course of the day.
Brisbane will be partly cloudy today with medium chances of rain later tonight.
A peak of 29 degrees Celsius is expected with east and southeasterly winds moving at up to 25km/h set to sweep across the city at daytime before easing later in the evening.
The weather Bureau has revealed that tropical cyclone Lucas which developed in the Coral Sea, east of the Cape York Peninsula was currently tracking away from Queensland’s coast.
A sunny but partly cloudy day expected in Adelaide, with maximum temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius.
Fire danger in metropolitan Adelaide within the Mount Lofty Ranges has been rated high.
The heatwave in Perth is set to continue today with temperatures hitting a peak of 38 degrees Celsius.
Easterly winds of up to 40km/h are expected in the morning, reducing to 35km/h at midday. Gusts moving at up to 80km/h are forecast in Perth Hills in the morning.
Fire danger has been considered ‘severe’ while communities living in the state’s western parts have been asked to prepare for “cyclonic weather”.
A partly cloudy day is expected in Hobart with mild temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius forecast in the city.
Slight chances of falls this afternoon through to evening.
Meanwhile, cooler 22 degrees weather conditions are forecast in Launceston, with medium chances of falls in the morning as well as the afternoon.
Wet weather is expected in Darwin today, with showers and possible thunderstorm located on the radar today.
Regardless of the heavy downpour, the city is expected to be balmy at 29 degrees Celsius.
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