Showers forecast for Boxing Day
Enjoy the fine and sunny Christmas Day weather while you can, forecasters expect a rainy Boxing Day in Brisbane.
With temperatures expected to hit a top of 31 degrees today, the city should be spared any showers or storms.
But things are expected to take a turn for the worse tomorrow, as Brisbane could see between 5-10mm of rain on Boxing Day as the result of a surface trough moving up from New South Wales.
Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said skies would be overcast and showers expected on and off throughout the day.
While were are only expected to a be a few sunny breaks, any storm activity wasn’t expected to be anything significant.
‘‘There is a chance of storms during the afternoon but it is mostly going to be a few lightning strikes in among the showers, you’re unlikely to see any big tropical storms,’’ he said.
Meanwhile Gold Coast chief lifeguard Warren Young said the swell was expected to be about one metre Christmas Day.
“There'll be a few rips and gutters inshore right along the coast, so it's really important to take care, and swim between those flags,” he said.
He also said swimmers should avoid the water outside regulated hours.
“There's a dumping shore break along the beaches on the high tide as well and when the tide goes out, so be aware of that, and be a bit selective if you're not sure,” he said.
Mr Young said many lifeguards gave up their Christmas Day to look after beachgoers, and has urged the public to respect them if they gave instructions on when and where to swim.
“We hope they have a great time, and great fun, but we really trust that they do it safely,” he said.
- with Natalie Bochenski