Aussie Christmas to be a scorcher
AUSTRALIA is beaming for a bright Christmas.
It's going to be a classic down under summer over the next few days, with hot and dry weather predicted for most capital cities across the country for the festive weekend.
Today will be hot and sunny for most of the nation, with every capital city except for Hobart forecasted to tip over the 30C mark.
Christmas Eve is set to be a scorcher tomorrow across the board, with Sydney forecast to reach a top of 35C, while western Sydney suburbs like Penrith and Richmond could soar to 41C.
Much of Queensland will also sweat through a hot Christmas Eve, with the mercury in Brisbane tipped to reach 32C, while Perth's temperature soars to 33C.
The same goes for Adelaide and Melbourne, both tipped to be mid 20s and sunny.
But Santa will bring a slight chill with him from the North Pole when he flies over Australia, with Christmas Day weather predicted to be fairly mild and pleasant, with some thunderstorms even predicted for certain cities.
There will be a slight chance of rain in Sydney, which only reach about 23C, while Brisbane could also be set for scattered showers, with the mercury predicted to hit 33C.
"It's going to be a beautiful day for many parts of the country, probably one of the most stable and quietest weather days we've seen for most, not all, parts of the country," Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Dean Narramore said.
Adelaide will be pleasant at 29C with light winds, and a hot one is slated for Perth at a top of 32C.
Darwin could be hit with a summer storm and will swelter through 32C heat, while Melbourne is a lot cooler with a top of 22C and sunny skies.
Hobart is likely to be dry with a top of 20C.
Canberra is expected to reach 25C, but like Sydney, skies will be cloudy and there'll be a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm.
Boxing Day will follow along the same pattern, with similar dry and hot weather forecasted for the major capital cities, with a cool change predicted to kick in on Thursday or Friday.
Christmas Eve forecast
Adelaide: Cloudy, 26C
Brisbane: Sunny, 33C
Canberra: cloudy, chance of rain, 35C
Darwin: Possible storms, 32C
Melbourne: Cloudy, 22C
Perth: Sunny, 33C
Sydney: Mostly sunny, 34C
Hobart: Cloudy, 17C
Christmas Day forecast
Adelaide: Sunny, 27C
Brisbane: Cloudy, 33C
Canberra: Sunny, 26C
Darwin: Possible storms, 34C
Melbourne: Sunny, 23C
Perth: Sunny, 33C
Sydney: Possible showers, cloudy, 23C
Hobart: Cloudy, 20C
Boxing Day forecast
Adelaide: Sunny, 33C
Brisbane: Cloudy, chance of showers, 28C
Canberra: Partly cloudy, 27C
Darwin: Possible storms, 33C
Melbourne: Sunny, 29C
Perth: Cloudy, 27C
Sydney: Cloudy, 24C
Hobart: Cloudy, 24C