Cyclones, flooding and wild winds could hit Australia as La Nina ramps up

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Cyclones, floods and dangerous winds could devastate parts of Australia in the coming months. 

The possibility has prompted authorities, such as the Bureau of Meteorology, to brief the federal government at its national cabinet meeting on Friday, news.com reported.  

The BoM forecast earlier there is a 70 per cent chance the country will be hit by an extreme La Niña weather pattern. 

La Niña is characterized by unusually cold temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and linked with heavy rainfall and floods. 

The weather pattern also raises the risk of cyclones and has been linked to a number of devastating natural disasters in the country over the past decades.  

Cyclones, floods and dangerous winds could devastate parts of Australia in the coming months (pictured, devastation of Cyclone Tracy in Darwin in 1974)

Cyclones, floods and dangerous winds could devastate parts of Australia in the coming months (pictured, devastation of Cyclone Tracy in Darwin in 1974)

Cyclone Yasi was one of the more powerful cyclones to batter far north Queensland in 2011 (pictured, damaged boats in Cardwell following Cyclone Yasi)

Cyclone Yasi was one of the more powerful cyclones to batter far north Queensland in 2011 (pictured, damaged boats in Cardwell following Cyclone Yasi)

Cyclone Tracy is regarded as one of the most destructive tropical cyclones after it struck Darwin in 1974.

Wind gusts of up to 217km/h caused citywide damage and chaos.

Eighty-per cent of the city was destroyed while 71 people were killed and 145 others seriously injured.   

Cyclone Yasi was one of the more powerful cyclones to batter far north Queensland in 2011.

The category five cyclone brought wind gusts of up to 285km/h and destroyed thousands of homes and crops.

Despite the destructive power of the storm, only one person died. 

Southeast Queensland did not fare much better around the same time, with heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding.

More than 320 millimetres of rain fell in the region, while flood waters peaked at a record 4.4 metres.

Floodwaters caused damage to thousands of homes and the devastating rains killed 35 people.      

The Bureau of Meteorology has scheduled its next public update on La Niña for September 15.  

La Niña is characterized by unusually cold temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and linked with heavy rainfall and floods (pictured, flood waters at Nambour Plaza in Nambour, Queensland in February 2020)

La Niña is characterized by unusually cold temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and linked with heavy rainfall and floods (pictured, flood waters at Nambour Plaza in Nambour, Queensland in February 2020)

The Bureau of Meteorology has released a graphic representation of its predicted rainfall over Australia

The Bureau of Meteorology has released a graphic representation of its predicted rainfall over Australia

Five day forecast

 Sydney:

Friday: Max 23C (shower or two)

Saturday: Min 12C, Max 21C (sunny)

Sunday: Min 11C, Max 20C (partly cloudy)

Monday: Min 14C, Max 22C (mostly sunny)

Tuesday: Min 13C, Max 26C (mostly sunny) 

Brisbane:

Friday: Max 25C (mostly sunny)

Saturday: Min 14C, Max 27C (mostly sunny)

Sunday: Min 15C, Max 25C (shower or two)

Monday: Min 16C, Max 24C (shower or two)

Tuesday: Min 16C, Max 24C (partly cloudy) 

Adelaide: 

Friday: Max 17C (shower or two developing)

Saturday: Min 11C, Max 18C (possible shower)

Sunday: Min 10C, Max 24C (mostly sunny)

Monday: Min 16C, Max 27C (mostly sunny)

Tuesday: Min 13C, Max 18C (partly cloudy) 

Canberra:

Friday: Max 17C (partly cloudy)

Saturday: Min 2C, Max 17C (mostly sunny)

Sunday: Min 1C, Max 17C (mostly sunny)

Monday: Min 4C, Max 20 (mostly sunny)

Tuesday: Min 8C, Max 21C (partly cloudy) 

 Melbourne:

Friday: Max 17C (late shower or two)

Saturday: Min 9C, Max 17C (possible early shower)

Sunday: Min 7C, Max 20C (sunny) 

Monday: Min 12C, Max 22C (windy, mostly sunny)

Tuesday: Min 17C, Max 20C (possible shower) 

Perth:

Friday: Max 21C (possible light shower)

Saturday: Min 9C, Max 22C (partly cloudy)

Sunday: Min 15C, Max 22C (showers)

Monday: Min 12C, Max 19C (shower or two)

Tuesday: Min 9C, Max 21C (partly cloudy) 

Hobart:

Friday: Max 15C (shower or two)

Saturday: Min 7C, Max 15C (partly cloudy)

Sunday: Min 6C, Max 18C (mostly sunny)

Monday: Min 8C, Max 21C (partly cloudy)

Tuesday: Min 12C, Max 17C (shower or two) 

Darwin:

Friday: Max 35C (sunny)

Saturday: Min 23C, Max 35C (sunny)

Sunday: Min 22C, Max 35C (sunny)

Monday: Min 23C, Max 35C (sunny)

Tuesday: Min 23C, Max 36 (sunny) 

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