Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 3:33 pm EST on Monday 27 December 2021 Flood Watch Number: 1


A developing tropical low associated with the monsoon trough over northern Australia is forecast to move into the Gulf of Carpentaria late Tuesday, then move east across northern Queensland from late Wednesday into Thursday.

Heavy rainfall is forecast to develop and increase over the next few days, initially over the Cape York Peninsula and lower Gulf catchments, before extending eastwards to affect the North Tropical Coast on Wednesday and Thursday. Very heavy rainfall is likely locally, with potentially intense rainfall in isolated locations.

The majority of catchments across the Flood Watch area are relatively dry, which will limit their initial response to rainfall. However, with prolonged rainfall, river level rises above the minor flood level are likely from late Wednesday into Thursday, with some areas of moderate flooding possible, most likely on the North Tropical Coast.

Localised flooding and disruption to transport routes are likely across parts of the Flood Watch area.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Jardine River

Ducie, Jackson and Skardon Rivers

Wenlock River

Embley and Mission Rivers

Watson River

Archer and Coen Rivers

Holroyd and Kendall Rivers

Coleman and Edward Rivers

Mitchell River

Staaten River

Jacky Jacky Creek

Olive and Pascoe Rivers

Lockhart River

Stewart River

Normanby River

Jeannie River

Endeavour River

Daintree River

Mossman River

Barron River

Mulgrave and Russell Rivers

Johnstone River

Tully River

Murray River

Herbert River

See to view the current flood and cyclone products for Queensland.
For more information on the Flood Watch Service:

Flood Safety Advice:
This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings.
Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
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Warning, rainfall and river information are available at

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