Ring in the new year with sunshine
ENJOY it while you can.
After a scorching weekend where the mercury tipped 36 degrees in Grafton, temperatures should drop to about 28 degrees today - but it's only a one day reprieve.
Weatherzone Meteorologist James Casey said today would cool off before temperatures started to rise again heading towards the end the week.
"(Today) is going to be a cloudy one, but there shouldn't be any rain with it," he said.
"Then on Tuesday, with 30 degrees and a chance of a late shower. Most of it should occur a bit further north.
"Wednesday will be mostly sunny, then it's going to get pretty hot towards the end of the week.
"It's 37 on Thursday and 38 for Friday. They are mostly sunny days."
Despite the predictions of another sweltering week for the Valley, Mr Casey said things might not quite reach that heat.
"There's a fair bit of uncertainty around that at the moment, it's all depending on the trough that is the tropical cyclone that is over in Western Australia at the moment," he said.
While there were predictions temperatures could top 41 degrees at the weekend, Grafton reached its peak mid-afternoon with 36 degrees - still the hottest day of the month.
Check out page 15 for more holiday weather predictions.
Beating the average
The average temperature for this month is 29.1°C
The long-term average for December is 29.6°C