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Queensland Prepares For First Cyclone Of The Season

The Sunshine State's first cyclone is expected to start forming late Saturday in the Gulf of Carpentaria near the Northern Territory-Queensland border, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

Plenty of wild weekend weather is in the state's forecast -- a brewing Gulf cyclone, thunderstorms and heavy rainfall over the interior, plus a number of flood warnings are in place.

The BOM said it was monitoring a tropical low in the northern Gulf of Carpentaria which is expected to develop into a Category 2 tropical cyclone by Sunday, to be named Cyclone Esther.

As a result, the BOM issued a cyclone watch for parts of the NT and QLD, from Karumba to Nhulunbuy, including Mornington Island and Groote Eylandt.

Flooding in the north-west Gulf area between the QLD and NT border and Karumba is also expected.

Conditions should ease by Tuesday as the system is predicted to move west towards central NT and away from coastal areas.

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The BOM has asked those in affected areas to consider taking precaution should the threat of a tropical cyclone escalate.

An upper trough of a separate weather system this weekend was also predicted to bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to southwest QLD.

The cooler change follows a humid week in the wake of the region's wild and wet start to the month.

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