Have your umbrella at the ready for Christmas Day

SOUTHERN Downs residents should have a wet weather plan for any outdoor lunches tomorrow as rain is on the Christmas forecast.

Meteorologist Jess Carey said it would be slightly cooler than in recent weeks but said a chance of showers hopefully wouldn't dampen residents' Christmas plans.

"There will be less of a chance of showers tomorrow than the past couple of days," Mr Carey said.

"It is unlikely to rain out any lunches but it might be an idea to keep an eye on the radar.

"Christmas will also be cooler than average for most of south-west Queensland and the coast but by the weekend temperatures will be rising back up to the high twenties."

Mr Carey said the storm activity in north Queensland was hopefully a sign of rain to come for the Southern Downs and drought-affected areas across the south of the state.

Warwick has so far received about 45mm of rainfall in December, which is well below the monthly average of 106.6mm.

"Usually we don't see the first major storms of the season come through until mid-to-late January," Mr Carey said.

"December hasn't had too much in the way of major weather events and at this stage rainfall is likely below average with only a few odd showers.

"We hope everyone has a good Christmas and a bit of decent rainfall is on the way for drought-affected areas."



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