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Canberrans planning a Christmas lunch or dinner outdoors should enjoy perfect temperatures, but might need to have the brollies at the ready as the forecast shows the chance of showers.

The capital is enjoying a reprieve from the weekend’s heat on Monday, with a few showers and a much cooler top of about 26 degrees.

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According to meteorologist Max Gonzales from Fairfax-owned Weatherzone, the weather will start warming again for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but there will be some relief in the evenings after some sticky nights over the weekend.

“The night time temperatures are actually going to drop overnight to about 10 degrees. So people will actually be able to sleep, because it’s been pretty hot and humid over the eastern parts of NSW,” he said.

Despite the warming temperatures, a lingering trough could bring some showers to Canberra on Wednesday afternoon and evening, putting a possible dampener on outdoor plans on Christmas Day.

“We might actually see some cloud developing in the afternoon on Christmas Day and maybe the odd shower in the afternoon with those showers continuing through Boxing Day,” Mr Gonzales said.

“If you are doing anything for Christmas Day you’ll have to do it in the morning or very early in the afternoon if you want to do it outdoors.”

Conditions on the coast were expected to be about the same, albeit a few degrees cooler, and afternoon showers are possible on Christmas Day when the forecast top is about 25 degrees.

The ocean temperature is sitting between 19 and 21 degrees, and Mr Gonzales said surf would peak at about 4 feet Tuesday before reducing through the week.

New Year’s Eve and Day were looking touch and go for the capital, and Mr Gonzales said a lot could change between now and then – but current models showed a fine final day for the year, and the possibility of a damp start to 2014.

And summer’s heat looks far from over for Canberra. The temperature will warm back up to the mid-30s by the weekend, and Mr Gonzales said there was a strong chance of even hotter weather to follow.

“What we see is another heat patch building up [in central Australia] and we are actually looking at another hot spell early in the [new] year,” he said.

“There’s a little bit of uncertainty about how hot it’s going to get, but some models are very extreme.”