Put on the sunscreen and bucket hat, it’s going to be a sunny Christmas

It’s been years since Sydneysiders were able to confidently put on a swimsuit for a sunny Christmas Day.

But this year, people will be able to put on their sunscreen and get out the bucket hat because the weather is finally delivering Sydney with the summer we’ve been waiting for.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to beaches and parks around Sydney to enjoy a sunny Christmas day.Credit:Ben Rushton

Temperatures on Christmas Day will reach a top of 28 degrees in the CBD, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with light winds and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Meteorologist Andrew Schmidt from Weatherzone said it was going to be a dry and warm day for Sydney for the remainder of Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day.

“Today, we are still looking at mostly sunny and dry, but there is a slight chance of a storm in the afternoon, more likely in the western suburbs,” Schmidt said.

“Tomorrow, we will see a little bit of cloud in the morning, and it’s looking like a dry day for Christmas, with a shower or storm possible in the west [in the afternoon].

“So, it’s looking like a beautiful day, reaching a top of 28 degrees.”

The warm forecast is a relief to Sydneysiders and those living on the east coast of Australia, who have spent the past year soaked thanks to a third straight La Nina weather event as well the negative Indian Ocean Dipole.

In other parts of the country, Perth and Darwin are expected to post a top of 31 degrees, while Hobart is the coolest capital city, enjoying a mostly sunny day and reaching 22 degrees.

Looking back at the data from the past 100 years, Sydney has been pretty lucky when it comes to Christmas Day weather, with temperatures sitting in the 20s most years.

One of the hottest Christmas Days was in 1957 when temperatures peaked at 38.4 at Sydney Observatory Hill. The coldest day was in 1962 when Sydney shivered through 17.6 degrees.

With Laura Chung

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