DARK AND STORMY: Caralee Mirfin photographed the rain clouds passing over at the weekend.
DARK AND STORMY: Caralee Mirfin photographed the rain clouds passing over at the weekend. Contributed

The all-important 2016 Christmas weather forecast

WITH so much on this week; parties, gatherings, frantic last minute shopping and of course the fun and food of Christmas Day, the weather is all important so here is the latest for the Southern Downs from the Bureau of Meteorology.

The rest of today will see a slight chance of showers across the region and also the chance of a thunderstorm this evening

Meteorologist Nicholas Shera said the weather for most of the week would be quite unstable.

"Tuesday's weather across the Southern Downs is looking like containing a high chance of showers and storms, and some of those storms could possibly be severe," Mr Shera said.

"It's the same story for Wednesday to Friday as well, although the likelihood of severe storms will lessen from Wednesday, but there is a good chance of showers across the region all week.

"Saturday will be pretty unsettled as well with showers and storms about."

The temperatures this week will vary somewhat with today seeing a top of 31 and Wednesday is threatening a top of 35 degrees, both above the December average maximum of 29.

These higher temperatures will be mainly due to north-north-westerly wind blowing in from inland Queensland.

Due to a change moving through the south-east of the state, Thursday will see a drop to 28 degrees with cooler south-easterly winds, Friday will be 27 and Saturday 28 degrees.

So what it's looking like for Christmas Day?

"The weather will be less unstable on Christmas Day," Mr Shera said.

"There is still a chance of showers and storms around though.

The expected maximum for Sunday is 29 degrees."

With a chance of showers, it might be wise to have an indoor dining option, just in case.



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