Mostly fine outlook to welcome New Year


QUEENSLAND and Northern NSW party-goers are tipped to welcome the New Year with ideal sunny weather.

However, northern parts of Central Queensland may not be so lucky with rain forecast for Mackay.

Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Rick Threlfall said most of Queensland could expect fine conditions for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

"There might be one or two showers on the coast, especially the Wide Bay coast," he said.

Mr Threlfall said there was a very small chance of showers and thunderstorms across the Darling Downs on Monday but a strong chance of rain in Mackay.

"Mackay is most likely to see showers carrying on and everywhere else should be fine and fairly warm with most places three degrees above average," he said.

"The temperature will be in the low 30's all throughout and start to warm up a bit more on New Year's Day itself."

Southern Queensland and the Northern Rivers were hit with thunderstorms on Friday afternoon with intial warnings for large hail and strong winds.

But the NSW North Coast, including the New Year's Eve hot spot Byron Bay, should escape further bad weather in the lead-up to the last day of 2012.

Boaties planning to head out in Queensland over the next few days are being warned to expect strong winds.

BOM forecasts the strong winds will hit the coast near Mackay and Wide Bay and ease on New Year's Day.

Mr Threlfall said the swell could pick up along the east coast on Tuesday due to a tropical cyclone over the Coral Sea.

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