SUMMER HOLIDAYS: Grace Falkner, 2, and Georgia Robin, 9, from the Gold Coast were having fun in the sun at Main Beach Yamba on Sunday. Photo Debrah Novak
SUMMER HOLIDAYS: Grace Falkner, 2, and Georgia Robin, 9, from the Gold Coast were having fun in the sun at Main Beach Yamba on Sunday. Photo Debrah Novak

Keep your cool if it rains for Christmas

THE brilliant beach weather at the weekend won't stick around for Christmas, with forecasters tipping broken cloud cover on the big day with the odd shower and maybe even an afternoon thunderstorm.

That cooler weather might be a blessing for those on kitchen duties but anyone planning an Aussie outdoor Christmas might be wise to have some shade or shelter handy.

The unsettled weather should stick around for most of the week, according to Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott.

"It might be a good chance for something in the rain gauge for Christmas," she said.

"Grafton is looking for 5-10mm around Christmas and Boxing Day, with 1-5mm either side of those days.

"Grafton has been quite short of rain lately with only 40mm for December so far. The average for the month is 120mm.

"Of course, those people under the thunderstorms are likely to receive considerably more."

A weak low-pressure trough is forecast to stall over north-eastern New South Wales tomorrow, leading to a mild instability in conditions for Christmas Day and some days afterwards.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast for Christmas is for a partly cloudy day with isolated showers, with isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Winds should be light.

Overnight temperatures are likely to drop to about 20 degrees, with daytime highs reaching around 30 degrees.

Grafton on Christmas Day should be 21-28 degrees with a shower or two and a light southerly breeze. The coastal centres should expect similar conditions.

CHRISTMAS DAY TEMPS

Grafton: Possible shower. Min: 21. Max: 28.

Yamba: Possible shower. Min: 21. Max: 26.



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