Santa set for cool Christmas
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL firstname.lastname@example.org IT won't quite be a white Christmas in Lismore this year, but Santa Claus is looking forward to some cooler weather.
Mr Claus was yesterday spotted shopping in a Lismore supermarket for blocks of chocolate a sweet he normally has to keep in the esky when his sleigh reaches the Northern Rivers region.
"I'm buying a lot of chocolates because Christmas will be much cooler in Lismore this year, which means my chocolate won't melt," he said.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted temperatures will reach a maximum of about 23 degrees in Lismore on December 25.
A bureau spokesman also said it would be a cloudy Christmas with showers predicted along the coast.
Christmas days in Lismore have become renowned as sweltering with the temperature climbing past 32 degrees last year.
However, temperatures have been lower than average for the entire month of December so far.
At the Bureau of Meteorology's Richmond Hill weather station the temperature has yet to reach 30 degrees this month.
Last December the station had recorded temperatures of 30 or more five times.
It's also been a cool December in Ballina where the top temperature has been 28 degrees and Tenterfield at 29.
The hottest temperature this month on the Northern Rivers was recorded by the bureau at Casino where it reached 31.2 degrees, closely followed by Byron Bay at 30.5.
For more detailed historical data and weather predictions visit www.bom.gov.au.