Potential cyclones are brewing off Australia’s northern coasts in the lead-up to Christmas. The Bureau of Meteorology has bumped up the risk of a cyclone in the Northern Territory region from low to moderate. Meanwhile, two tropical cyclones may develop in waters off northern Western Australia on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Bureau says.

And further developing systems could bring rough weather to Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria and Coral Sea areas during the festive season, according to the Courier Mail. It comes as forecasts predict a scorcher for major cities around the country on Christmas day. Of the state capitals, Hobart is predicted to be the coolest on 25 degrees while Adelaide’s predicted be the hottest at 37 degrees. READ MORE