Australia's capital cities can look forward to near-perfect conditions to kick off the New Years' celebrations, with most centres set to see generally clear skies with no chance of rain.
Most cities should experience very comfortable temperatures for the last day of 2012, which will sit a little above average for this time of year. The mercury is also likely to stay warm enough in the evening for most people to dress light without feeling the need to put on an extra layer.
Sydney can expect a sunny day with a top of 28 degrees, although it will be a bit breezy, particularly on the coast.
Brisbane will see a mostly sunny day with a high of 29 degrees, which is right on average for this time of year.
Some suburbs in Melbourne will wake to fog in the morning, however this will burn off quickly with mostly sunny skies and a maximum of 27 degrees for the rest of the day.
The sunny conditions seen in Adelaide recently will continue, with a top of 33 degrees, although the humidity will be low making it feel a bit cooler than this.
Canberra can also expect sunny skies with a top of 32 degrees.
Hobart will be the coolest of the capitals, although it will still be very pleasant with partly cloudy skies and a top of 23 degrees. An extra layer may be needed in the evening though as winds will be gusty at times.
Darwin can expect to see typical conditions for this time of year, with a hot and humid 34 degrees with the possibility of late storms.
Perth will be the exception to the great conditions expected across the other capitals, with a scorching top of 40 degrees on the cards. This will continue the sweltering conditions that have been felt over the last week. If the forecast maximum is reached, this will be the city's hottest New Years Eve since 1968. The hot day will become a very warm night, meaning there will be no need for much else but shorts and a t-shirt for those who wish to stay out late.
Similar conditions are expected across most centres on New Years Day, with the exception of Hobart where a cool change will bring showers.
© Weatherzone 2012
17:34 EST The weather bureau's long-term forecast is predicting a drier than normal October to December for much of eastern Australia and north-west Western Australia.