Heat is off for festive season
EARLY weather reports indicated Christmas Eve would bring scorching temperatures up to 39°C, but Weatherzone has since forecast average temperatures.
Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said temperatures would stay around the December averages, with the maximum average temperature being 29.6°C.
Temperatures will warm up towards the end of this week and into the beginning of next week.
"We have a very warm air mass moving across the nation from Western Australia," Mr Domensino said.
"Based on that, we are expecting temperatures to reach about 30°C from Friday right through to Tuesday."
Monday is predicted to be the hottest day next week - currently forecast to reach the low to mid 30s.
"We are not expecting much in the way of rainfall before these warm days."
"The low pressure trough directing the heat to this region may possibly bring rain on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
"It looks like we'll start seeing more moisture becoming available as the monsoon over northern Australia becomes more active."
This month Grafton has only received about 40mm of rainfall while Coffs Harbour has received even less at only 16mm. The average rainfall for December is 120mm.
"We'll start to see the rainfall trending back closer to average toward the end of the month."
Temperatures are expected to reach 28°C today.
Grafton business I Scream will celebrate its fourth birthday, with free ice-cream being scooped from 10.30am to midday today.
I Scream owner Jeff Smith said giving away ice-cream had become a birthday tradition.
"It's our birthday - we're giving back to the community that's been supporting us all year," he said.
"We'll be scooping away to our hearts' content."
Minimum and maximum temperatures
Today: 15 - 28°C
Friday: 16 - 31°C
Saturday: 16 - 33°C
Sunday: 18 - 34°C