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Townsville Bulletin - - Just Briefly - — JADE KET­TLE

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.

CHILL­ING . . . Pim­lico High School friends Ni­cola Phillips, Mio Ayukai and Ellen West cool off

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