THE region's disaster management boss says he will happily have a bet with anyone that at least one cyclone will cross the coast on his turf this season. Today marks the opening day of cyclone season, with the weather bureau penciling in average conditions which should see about four systems form off the Queensland coast over the next six months. Hot and dry conditions have plagued the Far North for the last few weeks, but today is also expected to bring a break in the weather and a wet weekend is forecast in some areas. Emergency Management Queensland northern regional director Wayne Coutts said he was confident of the preparedness of residents around the region, but said the New South Wales fires should have provided a timely wake-up call to be ready, regardless of where you live. "It only takes one weather event. I know the bureau is saying four or five (cyclones), and if one of those are in your area, that's bad," he said. "We always cross our fingers that it's not Cairns or Townsville, not the major population areas (that are hit). But there are always small pockets of people, whether that be 20 or a few hundred, that get affected somewhere." Mr Coutts has urged residents to have three days worth of food and water in stock. They also should ensure medication supplies won't run down if they are isolated by the weather. His warnings come on the brink of what could be one of the wettest weekend's in the area for more than a month. Just 44.2mm fell in Cairns throughout October, which is only slightly below average, but duty forecaster Robin Nataniela said a high pressure system was due to start making its presence felt by late today . "We should have a lot of scattered showers and storms," he said. "It will continue into the weekend. There's a chance it will ease on Sunday."