The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has released its first predictions for Australia’s Christmas Day weather and the forecast is for a seriously hot one in most places!
In a statement on its Facebook page, the BOM notes that it’ll keep updating its predictions every day this week to provide a more accurate idea of the temperatures to expect on the day of festivities itself, but currently Alice Springs is set to send the mercury rising the most.
If you live in Alice Springs, there is the slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm on Christmas Day, which might be welcome as the temperature is expected to hit a sizzling 40°C.
Perth, Brisbane and Darwin are vying to be the the next-hottest city.
Perth is predicted to reach a maximum temperature of 34°C, without any chance of rain. It should be a sunny day, great for a dip in the ocean or an outdoor barbecue.
Brisbane can expect a partly cloudy day with the slight chance of a shower. The mercury is set to reach a scorching 33°C, however, while Darwin residents can also expect a 33°C day, with possible showers or storms.
Sydney and Melbourne will be much cooler, with both predicted to reach a maximum of 24°C. Melbourne will be sunny, while Sydney will be cloudy with the chance of a shower or two.
Adelaide and Canberra are both predicted to reach 25°C. Adelaide will be partly cloudy and Canberra can expect a few showers and a possible afternoon storm.
On the lower end of the scale, Hobart will only reach 20°C, according to the BOM, and can expect a partly cloudy day.
Christmas Eve is predicted to be bit cooler, before the heatwave on Christmas Day.
As for Boxing Day, you might need to pack your brollies because showers are predicted for a few areas.