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  • High chance of cyclone but no threat to TNQ

    Yes, there’s a high chance of a cyclone forming off the Cairns coast in the next few days – and it will be called Tropical Cyclone Kelvin if it develops.

    But the Bureau of Meteorology has told TropicNow that if the cyclone does develop it won’t affect the tropical north coast – it will instead head out to sea.

    In any case, authorities are using the potential formation of Cyclone Kelvin as a reminder to residents to get their emergency kits in order. 

    Weather bureau duty forecaster Jess Gardener said the Cairns area would be mostly cloudy over coming days, with little rain despite the potential for a cyclone to form off the coast.

    "We’re looking at a high chance of a cyclone on Friday, but we’re not looking at it affecting the coast," she said.

    "In Cairns today will be partly cloudy, fairly sunny tomorrow (Friday) and back to cloudy on Saturday with temperatures around 32C or 33C over the next few days.

    "You could expect some showers from Sunday through to Tuesday which will bring the temperatures down just a little."

    For those keen to see the super blue blood moon this evening, Jess says there's likely to be 20% to 40% cloud coverage, giving locals a good opportunity to view the special event.

    The lunar phenomenon occurs when a super moon, a blood moon and a lunar eclipse combine.

    Best viewing times for the super moon will be around 6:20pm, while the lunar eclipse will turn the moon a tinge of red from around 9:40pm before it deepens to its blood red best from around 10.50pm to 12.10am.