Tropical Cyclone Iris pictured earlier this week.
Tropical Cyclone Iris pictured earlier this week. Bureau of Meteorology

Tropical Cyclone Iris could redevelop again, BoM warns

JUST when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, Cyclone Iris could redevelop -- again.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is up to a 20 per cent chance that the system will redevelop again in the Coral Sea.

About 1pm Sunday ex-cyclone Iris was in the Coral Sea about 420km east of Willis Island and about 880km east of Cairns.

"Ex-tropical cyclone Iris is expected to continue to move to the north over the next few days and remain well off the Queensland coast," the bureau said.

"Conditions become more favourable for the system to redevelop somewhat from mid-week, however the chance it will redevelop into a tropical cyclone is rated as low."

 

 

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If the cyclone does reform it will be the third time the system has reformed in the past few week.

Last time it formed it travelled south east parallel to the Queensland coast and caused widespread falls in Mackay and Whitsunday.

CAPTION: Cyclone's path when it last formed

The cyclone weakened back to a tropical low out at sea and did not cross the coast.

While Iris continues to move north, Mackay and the Whitsunday has still had a fair bit of unstable weather over the weekend, with strong offshore winds and scattered showers over coastal areas.

Most of Mackay region had less than 5mm or rain across the weekend, but there were heavier falls at the top of Eungella range.

Clarkes Range received 15mm and Eungella township received 11mm.

The bureau had not issued any weather warnings for the Mackay region as of 7pm on Sunday night.

The latest updated path of Ex-tropical Cyclone Iris.
The latest updated path of Ex-tropical Cyclone Iris. Contributed

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