Same old same old ‘hot hot hot’
STOCK up the Esky and clean out the pool, Townsville, you’re in for a warm festive season.
Townsville Bureau of Meteorology duty meteorologist Doug Fraser said we could expect a warm and humid Christmas Day with very little chance ofrain.
‘‘At the moment there’s little chance ofrain in the foreseeable future,’’ Mr Fraser said.
Thunderstorms are possible for inland regions on Christmas Day, but none are expected to reach the coast.
‘‘We may have a Boxing Day thunderstorm, possibly later in the evening, but it’s unlikely we’ll receive much more than that until at least the New Year,’’ Mr Fraser said.
The maximum temperature for Christmas Day is expected to be around 32 degrees, with humidity building.
Mr Fraser said the weekend leading up to Christmas held much promise for local boaties, with gradually easing southeast/easterly winds, 15-20 knots on Saturday, easing to 10-15 knots on Sunday.
Many locals have been feeling the heat this month, but temperatures have been around one degree cooler than average — mainly owing to fresh south-easterly winds.
‘‘Townsville can expect a warm and humid Christmas break ninety per cent ofthe time, so this year is no exception,’’ Mr Fraser said.
‘‘It’s a time for salads and cool drinks and relaxing by the pool.’’
Queensland Cancer Fund offers advice for the outdoors: wear sun-protective clothing; reapply SPF30+ sunscreen every two hours; wear a widebrimmed hat and UV-approved sunglasses; seek shade where possible and avoid going out between 10am and 3pm.
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