Sunny, but not for long
YESTERDAY'S sunny weather - which saw people flock to beaches across the region - looks like it will be short-lived.
Byron Bay's main beach was jam-packed with swimmers and sunbathers, many of them schoolies, all keen to make the most of the break in the weather.
The highest temperature recorded on the Northern Rivers yesterday was at Evans Head when the mercury hit 33.5 degrees at 1.22pm.
The temperature in Casino reached 34.9 degrees at 3.44pm, Lismore was 33.3 degrees at 3.54pm, Ballina was 30.7 degrees at 1.22pm and Byron was 27.5 degrees at 4.19pm.
However, according to the Bureau of Meteorology the rain is set to return from today.
Showers are expected to develop from this afternoon and continue until the weekend when the rain will stop again, but cloud cover will continue.
The three-month outlook shows a La Nina in the Pacific Ocean will drive expected higher than average rainfall across the region.
The chances of above-average rainfall in the Northern Rivers for the months from December to February stands at 70%.
The La Nina is also expected to drive lower summer temperatures, with the Northern Rivers expected to be up to 35% below the average.