An area of low pressure north of Australia continues to slowly organized and could become a tropical cyclone during the day Monday.

The area of low pressure is located over the Arafura Sea, northeast of Darwin, Australia. Environmental conditions appear favor for this system to continue to organize and should become a tropical cyclone during the day Monday as the steering currents take the system toward the west-northwest.

Locally heavy rain and gusty winds will impact portions of eastern Indonesia early this week as the system moves into the Banda Sea. Rough seas will also cause mariners problems through at least the middle of the week.

The storm is expected to weaken by the middle of the week as strong winds begin to pull the system in different directions.

Story by Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller