Forecasters say WA can expect a hotter than average February and at least one more cyclone to batter the State before the end of March.
As the midpoint of the tropical cyclone season passed today, the Bureau of Meteorology issued their updated tropical cyclone outlook for WA for the next three months.
The Bureau and the state’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services urged residents in the north-west not to become complacent, despite the State having escaped major damage from cyclones so far this season.
Andrew Burton, the Bureau’s regional manager for severe weather services said the second half of the season was often busier than the first, and carried a higher chance of a severe tropical cyclone impact.
“By the end of February the tropical cyclone risk will increase, and we would expect to see at least one cyclone threaten the coast during March and early April” Mr Burton said.
“Cyclones that form during this period are more likely to become severe tropical cyclones (Category 3 and above), so we often get our worst impacts in the second half of the season”.
Three tropical cyclones have formed off the north-west coast so far this season.
Mitchell passed well to the west of Northwest Cape late in December, followed by Narelle which tracked parallel to the north-west coast in mid January.
The only direct impact has been from Peta which hit the coast just east of Roebourne on January 23 s a Category 1 cyclone.
Meanwhile, WA has sweltered through one of its hottest Januarys on record with temperatures averaging a maximum of 36.9C, 1.3C hotter than average.
Night time temperatures have also been 1.3C than normal, averaging 23.1C.
A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said forecasts for the next month suggested temperatures were likely to stay above average.