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Perth's Christmas Day weather forecast fine and sunny after freak 'winter' storm

By Charlotte Hamlyn, Tuesday December 19, 2017 - 13:30 EDT
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With the cooler weather behind us, people will be flocking to Perth beaches on Christmas Day. - ABC

The clouds have parted and Perth has got a clear run of good weather for the festive season ahead.

The was short lived and the Bureau of Meteorology's Jessica Lingard said the city was unlikely to see anything like it again this summer.

"At this stage it looks like it was just a once-off due to the position of the jet stream being a little bit further north than it usually is this time of year," Ms Lingard said.

"[We're] definitely not expecting anything like that to be happening over at least the next week, and looking a bit further ahead, it's not looking likely at all."

Instead, summer normality will be restored with a sunny 31 degrees Celsius forecast for Christmas Eve Sunday and 34 degrees for Christmas Day, with easterly winds of 20 to 30 kilometres per hour shifting south-westerly in the early afternoon.

"It has been a little bit chilly the last couple of days and it is going to be a bit chilly again today, but it is warming up for the rest of the week and into next week as well," Ms Lingard said.



Perth appears to have the pick of the Christmas Day forecasts around the country, with Sydney and Canberra expecting showers and top temperatures in the mid-20s, Melbourne mostly sunny and 24 degrees, a slight chance of a shower in Brisbane with a top of 33, partly cloudy and 25 in Adelaide, a cool 20 degrees in Hobart and a possible storm in Darwin with a top of 33 degrees.

The unseasonable storms at the beginning of the week saw Perth receive almost double its usual December rainfall, recording 24.4mm between 9:00am on Sunday and 6:00pm on Monday.

The city exceeded the average yearly rainfall of 844mm for the first time since 2011.


- ABC

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