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Upgrade to Cairns weather radar now complete


Residents and industry in Cairns and surrounding areas will now have access to more reliable and up-to-date weather information, thanks to the completion of a significant upgrade to the weather radar in Cairns.

The Bureau's Chief Customer Officer, Peter Stone, said the new radar system will provide accurate and timely weather information for local residents and industry, including aviation and resources, of Cairns and surrounding communities.

"The upgrades to the weather radar will provide improved severe storm prediction by detecting weather systems such as cyclones, as well as increase accuracy and reliability of the radar."

Mr Stone said the radar upgrade will also support emergency services to make informed time-critical decisions during severe weather events, to keep the community safe.

"The new technology in the Cairns weather radar provides improved coverage for Northern Queensland area and more comprehensive tropical cyclone and monsoon monitoring."

Images from the newly upgraded radar are now live on the Bureau's website and BOM Weather app.