Queensland is set to transform from a sunburnt country into a land of flooding rains this summer. Forecasters warn that La Nina will dampen the state’s bushfire season, but create a more intense storm and cyclone season this summer. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Laura Boekel is expecting higher than average rainfall to cause higher than average flooding, and more than four cyclones to form in the Coral Sea. ‘Even though the bushfire season is still ongoing and has affected parts of Queensland, it’s a lot less severe than what we saw last year and we are expecting more flooding and more tropical cyclones this season,’ she told reporters on Monday. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government was preparing for increased risk of floods and cyclones (pictured, floods on October 27 in Brisbane) Forecasters warn that La Nina will dampen the state’s bushfire season (pictured, a blaze in Peregian Springs in September 2019) but create a more intense storm and cyclone season Ms Boekel said it was difficult to say which particular areas would experience the most intense rainfall. Monsoon troughs and tropical lows would primarily affect the north, but she said any lows moving down the coast could bring flooding… Read full this story
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