It looks like it’ll be a dry, sunny Christmas for most Australians – but those in the northern tropics and eastern New South Wales may not be so lucky, with rain predicted in both areas.
“In the lead up to Christmas, a northerly airstream will draw hot air south from Australia’s interior, lifting maximum temperatures on Sunday to around 40˚C through most of South Australia, northern Victoria and western New South Wales,” said The Weather Channel’s Senior Meteorologist Tom Saunders.
Thankfully, that blast of hot desert air will be short-lived, as relief arrives in the form of a cool south-westerly change in time for Christmas Day next Tuesday.
“The wind change will cause temperature drops of around 10˚C for most regions. Starting with Adelaide on Sunday night, Melbourne/Hobart Monday morning, Canberra late Monday then Sydney early on Christmas Day,” he said.
Sydney and Darwin should be the only capital cities to see significant rain on Tuesday, but there is also a possibility of brief showers in Brisbane, Melbourne and Hobart.
“The wettest part of Australia should be the northern ranges of New South Wales, where thunderstorms may drop over 50mm of rain. Perth will be the hottest capital with a maximum near 40˚C, with Morawa [400km north of Perth] likely to be the hottest town with a forecast maximum of 43˚C,” Saunders continued.
Boxing Day looks set to follow the same trend, with dry, warm weather in the southern states and showers across north-east New South Wales and south-east Queensland.