😃 The Good: A hot Christmas in the west
😔 The Bad: Festive plans washed out in Sydney
😥 The Ugly: A potential cyclone brewing
With just 10 days to go until Christmas, forecasters have set their predictions for the festive period.
From hot summer days in Perth to a soggy Sunday in Sydney and potential cyclone in the north, all four seasons are on the way this holiday, according to Weatherzone.
Chilly temps to give way in Victoria as heat persists in WA
After battling through the coldest summer temperature on record – with the thermometer plunging to -5.4 degrees at Mount Hotham on Wednesday morning – Victorians are in line for some good news.
“We should see some warmer temperatures pushing in just ahead of the Christmas period, possibly lingering until around Christmas Eve,” meteorologist Felix Levesque told Yahoo News Australia.
Over in Western Australia, the pattern of heat is set to “persist” thanks to hot, dry offshore winds.
“We just might see a heat trough develop over the west coast, drawing some heat, with most of the heat being over the northern WA region,” Mr Levesque said. “But at the moment Perth looks to be going into a hot period, at least warm temperatures overall on the west coast, around the low 30s.”
Rain puts dampener on Christmas Day BBQs in Sydney
After notching up its wettest year on record, the forecast is not looking good for Sydney with the chance of a wet Christmas.
“It looks like we’ll see some sort of a trough or low pressure system crossing the southeast of Australia around the Christmas period,” Mr Levesque said. “So that will bring an increased probability of wetter weather and cooler temperatures which might ruin some barbecues and festive plans.”
“It does look to be that the trough could possibly gain moisture as it pushes east, bringing some heavier falls to the New South Wales Tablelands and the northeast, and the Sydney metro region could be at risk as well.”
Cyclone could bring damaging and destructive winds to the north
Weather indicators have meteorologists on alert with a potential cyclone brewing over the country’s northwest.
“The climate driver that signals an increase in tropical convection activity does look to push over the maritime Australian region around a few days before and after Christmas,” Mr Levesque said. “So that might indicate a higher chance of some tropical low or tropical cyclone formation over the north west of Australia.”
While he stressed that cyclones are “very hard to predict”, he warned that a possible system could bring “strong, damaging and possibly destructive winds as well as heavy rain and a storm surge”.
It could also spell cooler temperatures and wetter conditions in the southern and eastern states. “That increased tropical moisture being lifted up over the north of Australia can produce rain bands and then draw some of that moisture across the continent and into the south east,” Mr Levesque said.
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