Two lows on opposite sides of drought-affected Queensland are expected to form into cyclones and cross the coast by Monday morning.

Two cyclones are predicted to form on either side of Queensland and hit land within days.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued warnings for two tropical lows, each on either side of the state’s peninsula.

The first is expected to cross Queensland’s west coast at Weipa as a category two cyclone about 4am (AEST) on Monday.

The second system is expected to cross the east coast at Bowen in the state’s north at roughly the same time, but as a lesser category one cyclone.

The first system was estimated to be about 300km west of Thursday Island at 4am (AEST) Saturday and likely to develop into a cyclone within 24 to 48 hours.

BoM has predicted a storm surge for areas between Weipa and the Torres Strait Islands on Sunday.

Gales are also expected in surrounding areas.

The second system was about 460km east of Cairns at 4am (AEST).

It is expected to slowly intensify and may form into a tropical cyclone before making landfall between Townsville and Mackay overnight Sunday or early Monday, BoM said.

Heavy rain, which could lead to flash flooding, is possible for coastal areas between Cooktown and Mackay from late Saturday.

Queensland’s twin cyclone threat comes as almost 80 per cent of the state was declared to be drought affected – the largest area in the state’s history.