Lightning over the northern rivers. Photo: Mark Heath
Lightning over the northern rivers. Photo: Mark Heath

It’s Christmas baking: 30+

TEMPERATURES in the low 30s and a shower or two is the forecast for the Northern Rivers for Christmas Day, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

A similar weather forecast was issued by the bureau for Boxing Day, with a shower or two and maximum temperatures reaching the high 20s.

The Boxing Day weather prediction is not yet confirmed, because of a trough that will cool conditions and may hit the Northern Rivers sometime next week.

Meteorologist Sarah Hicks said that cooler conditions were expected as a trough would be moving across the state.

"It is a bit too far away to be certain of the exact timing. (The trough) \will be in the south west of the state at the beginning of the week, and perhaps moving to the north-eastern part of the state towards the middle of the week.

"It could be around Boxing Day, it could be a bit sooner or a bit later," she said.

There is also a chance of more thunderstorms across the Northern Rivers - like the ones registered on Tuesday evening - until early next week.

Dangerous surf conditions will be present in our region from today and they may ease by early next week.

"While the wave height won't be especially high - we're expecting 2.5m - we are expecting very powerful waves," she said.

"They could look quite deceptive, they won't look rough but when you are in, they may be quite powerful."

The meteorologist said that given the bureau's dangerous surf warning from today, "people should probably avoid going in the water, which is a bit unfair as it is going to be fairly hot, Thursday in particular."

Maximum temperatures expected for today in Lismore are 33 degrees, 28 degrees in Byron Bay and 31 in Ballina.



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