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Cyclone possible as early as Wednesday

Satellite image of potential cyclone Dylan

Satellite image of potential cyclone Dylan Photo: Supplied

The first tropical cyclone to make landfall in Queensland this wet season could hit the northern coastline as early as Wednesday.

Weatherzone meteorologist Ben McBurney said a low-pressure trough in the Coral Sea, about 1100 kilometres north-east of Cairns, was heading towards the Queensland coast.

The weather system is yet to be officially declared as a cyclone, but is likely to be named Cyclone Dylan.

“It's going to be intensifying over the next 48 hours,” Mr McBurney said.

It was difficult to predict where the cyclone would make landfall at this stage, he said, but it would be between St Lawrence and Cairns.

“When the cyclone hits the coast between 100 millimetres to 300 millimetres of rain will fall in some parts and there will be a risk of flooding,” he said.

“The longer it stays in the Coral Sea, the stronger the system is going to get.

“A lot of the Queensland coast has had a dry start to the wet season, so this is likely to push it towards the average wet season totals.

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