Ben Squires


Tue, 22 Dec, 2015

Wild, wacky weather for Christmas Day

Wild, wacky weather for Christmas Day

In recent times we’ve become accustomed to odd weather in Australia, and while Christmas Day is looking mostly mild, parts of the country have been warned to brace for wild conditions. 

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has warned that there is a high chance of a tropical cyclone forming in the Gulf of Carpentaria before Christmas, which could potentially strike Queensland but at this stage the likelihood of it making landfall (and the strength at that point) is unclear.

Senior forecaster Sally Cutter said, “We're starting to see the development of the low which increases our confidence where [a cyclone] may form. If a cyclone were to form it would start off as a Category One and strengthen. Depending on how long it spends over water and the environmental conditions surrounding the cyclone will dictate how strong it becomes before it makes landfall.”

Weather forecasts for Australia’s major cities seems at this stage to be relatively mild, although Sydney and Melbourne can expect some showers and Perth an afternoon storm.

But weather around the world seems to be pretty odd for this time of year, with forecast for eastern and central United States predicting one of the warmest Christmas Days in living memory.

According to the Huffington Post, weather forecasts are predicting Christmas Eve temperatures as high as 20 degrees Celsius in New York City and 22 degrees Celsius in Washington, D.C. So our friends in the US might only be dreaming of a White Christmas this year, instead of having one.

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