Queensland is set to transform from a sunburnt country into a land of flooding rains this summer.
Forecasters warn that La Nina will dampen the state's bushfire season, but create a more intense storm and cyclone season this summer.
The Bureau of Meteorology's Laura Boekel is expecting higher than average rainfall to cause higher than average flooding, and more than four cyclones to form in the Coral Sea.
"Even though the bushfire season is still ongoing and has affected parts of Queensland, it's a lot less severe than what we saw last year and we are expecting more flooding and more tropical cyclones this season," she told reporters on Monday.
Ms Boekel said it was difficult to say which particular areas would experience the most intense rainfall.
Monsoon troughs and tropical lows would primarily affect the north, but she said any lows moving down the coast could bring flooding to the southeast.
"It's very difficult to say, and the message would be that all of Queensland should prepare for what the season could bring because there's no one area that is exempt from severe weather," Ms Boekel said.
The meteorologist said that typically one to two cyclones form the in Gulf of Carpentaria and about four form in the Coral Sea.
Ms Boekel is forecasting that there will be more tropical cyclones forming off Queensland's east coast this summer.
However, this season was still unlikely to resemble 2010/11 when the state was hit with severe floods and Cyclone Yasi.
"This severe weather season is different, so the catchments aren't as flooded as what we've seen (in 2011) and we have just entered into the La Nina as well," she said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government was preparing for increased risk of floods and cyclones.
She urged Queenslanders to draw up their own household emergency plans, pack emergency kits and check their insurance cover.
"We need to make sure we've got everything prepared ... for the summer season," Ms Palaszczuk told cabinet on Monday.
"We just need to make sure that the regions are ready as well."
Australian Associated Press