Planning Christmas Day can be a logistical nightmare. Most of us would love to have a festive outdoor feast, but with Australia's truly chaotic weather as of late, it's hard to know what to expect. Will La Niña rear her head again and dump buckets of rain all over your lovingly prepared tablescape? Will searing temperatures result in you wishing you bought that mildly-expensive-but-now-priceless awning?
Thankfully we can somewhat prepare. The Bureau Of Meteorology (BOM, even though they've tried really hard to rebrand as The Bureau recently) does give predictions on Christmas Day weather ahead of time. Now that we're closer to the Big Day, the weather forecast should be bit more accurate, though these are still estimates based on weather patterns and can't be 100% trusted. But it's good to know if, say, a huge rain forecast is predicted in your city, because then you can beg Aunt Shirl to host Christmas in her (huge) dining room instead of you shoving the entire family into your dinky apartment lounge/kitchen because the roof terrace is flooded.
Scroll down for the predictions in your city.
As we've feared, the December weather has been unpredictable in Sydney. Finally, BOM has more specific forecasts for the capital cities, though early predictions suggested that "November to January rainfall is likely to be above median for most of eastern Australia, with the highest probabilities occurring in November."
Temperature-wise, it will be a high of 28 degrees and a low of 19. According to BOM, it will be a partly cloudy day with a slight (20%) of rain if you're in the outer west, which increases to a chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.
Victoria will also be copping those below-average temperatures for Christmas if BOM's predictions are correct. That November to January rainfall also applies to Melbourne, so that means at the time of writing, the expectation is a cooler, wet December.
Sun's out for Melbourne on Christmas Day, though. Melbournians will be treated to a sunny day with a high of 28 degrees. No rain is on the horizon, but there's a chance of morning fog about the nearby hills for any early birds.
Adelaide, prepare for a warm Christmas — the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting that minimum temperatures are "very likely" to be warmer than the median in the south of your state. It looks like you'll see a high of 31 degrees and a day full of blue, sunny skies.
Tassie folks are set for what looks like a nice, cloudy Christmas. The rain is predicted to hold off, which means that alfresco dining is looking like a good choice. BOM says you'll have a partly cloudy day with a high of 25 degrees.
Brisbane is set to have a tropical Christmas. You'll be copping a shower or two (there's a 70% chance of rain) which means indoor activities could be a smart idea — or stay optimistic, the city will see a top of 29 degrees and a low of 20.
Darwinites will see a warm, rainy Christmas Day. With a maximum temperature of 32 degrees and a low of 25, it will be a cloudy day with a high (80%) chance of showers that are predicted to hit in the morning and afternoon. A thunderstorm may come rolling your way, too.
With South-Eastern Australia expecting warmer than usual minimum temperatures through November, December and January, those in Australia's capital might get a temperate Christmas. BOM says to expect a cloud-clearing day with a high of 31 degrees.
Western Australia has gotten lucky and will bask in some warmth this Chrissy Day. Expect a top of 31 degrees and a low of 19 — an all-round sunny day.