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Odds of a cyclone in Territory waters grow

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

There's a moderate chance a cyclone could brew in waters north of the Top End next week.

The Bureau of Meteorology has bumped up the risk of a cyclone in the northern region from low to moderate.

That means there's a 20 to 50 per cent likelihood of a system forming in waters above the Northern Territory on Tuesday or Wednesday.

A tropical low is forming in the monsoon trough in the Arafura Sea, above the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin.

It's expected to develop further early next week and move southwest into the Timor Sea, the bureau says.

"The likelihood of the low developing into a tropical cyclone increases late on Tuesday or on Wednesday," the BoM said.

"The system is forecast to affect the north Kimberley coastline from mid-week as it continues to move away from the NT region."

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