200mm downpour just the start, and Christmas could be wet
IT'S going to be a wet December with long-range forecasts predicting Christmas to be a dreary downpour.
Bureau of Meteorology's Diana Eadie said south-east Queensland could expect above average rainfall over December.
"The climate outlook for December looks pretty wet but it is hard to pinpoint what Christmas Day will bring. We can more than likely expect it to be rainy," she said.
Early warning network forecaster Justin Noonan said there was a big difference between now and this time last year with plenty of north-easterly winds and thunderstorms in store.
"We won't be having another stinking hot December like we did last year. That was actually one of the hottest months on record," he said. "I think the cooler days and rainy afternoons will come as a relief to everyone. Christmas won't feel as sticky."
According to Mr Noonan, the Gold Coast will cop another 150mm in the next couple of weeks with a large band of thunderstorms and rainfall.
Mr Noonan said there was a chance it could rain on Christmas Day.
"There is a very active weather pattern going on but it is hard to tell if it will pour down on Christmas Day," he said.
Gold Coast mother of two Rachel Reid said rain, hail or shine her daughters would be spending their Christmas holidays making a splash in the family pool.
Zoe, 5 and Mia, 6 have recently added a new addition to their summer fun.
"They are currently obsessed with the blow up swan," Mrs Reid said.
"I can't get them out, they are just water babies."