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Christmas Day beach cricket on cards with sunny Qld forecast

Queenslanders plan a family day at the beach with forecasters saying the weather looks favourable for Christmas Day.
Queenslanders plan a family day at the beach with forecasters saying the weather looks favourable for Christmas Day. Warren Lynam

QUEENSLANDERS can start to dust of the beach cricket set, spark up the barbecue and get the outdoor table ready as Christmas Day looks to bring fine weather for most of the state.

While the lead-up to the 25th may be riddled with summer storms, the Bureau of Meteorology tips the main event should bring fine conditions for southern and central Queensland with only a chance of isolated rain and thunderstorms.

North Queensland and the tropics may not be so lucky with BOM predicting a trough will bring showers and storms.

The temperatures should still be warm on Christmas Day, BOM senior forecaster Michelle Berry explained.

"We are looking at some warmer conditions for southern Queensland as we are not expecting much cloud," she said.

This week will be dominated by summer storms, with a focus on the Darling Downs and Ipswich areas.

The storms were forecasted to hit yesterday afternoon with Brisbane potentially in the firing line, before moving its focus inland to the west on Wednesday.

Ms Berry said the western regions could expect severe storms.

Ms Berry said Friday looked to produce better weather but with a chance of storm activity in the south-east.

"By the weekend we should have those fine conditions in south and central Queensland," she said.

Parts of south-east Queensland sweltered through the heat on Tuesday with Mackay hitting 33 degrees, Roma reaching 40 and Gatton 35.

While the weather looks favourable for Christmas Day, Weather Channel senior meteorologist Tom Saunders said Boxing Day could produce storm activity in southern Queensland.

"For Christmas and Boxing Day it's going to be extremely warm for most of Queensland and we expect northerly winds," he said.

He said some of the storm activity predicted for NSW for Christmas Day could creep up to Northern NSW.

BOM's seasonal outlook predicted Queensland would have a 75% chance of having exceeding the average rainfall this summer.

It's also predicted there will be a 57% below average chance of tropical cyclone activity in eastern Australia this summer.

Topics:  bom, bureau of meteorology, christmas, queensland, weather



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