Coast in line for post-Christmas cool change

THE Sunshine Coast looks likely to dodge the storms and showers expected further south into this evening ensuring a perfect finish to a Christmas Day that has seen temperatures hit 31 degrees at Maroochydore.

Forecaster Gordon Banks said a southerly change would bring slightly cooler day time maximums to the region on Boxing Day with a greater likelihood of showers and the potential for thunder storms to occur.

Milder weather would then persist through to the weekend and the start of New Year celebrations on Sunday night.

Sunshine Coast beaches and waterfront parks were packed with families taking advantage of the perfect start to Christmas Day but the roads otherwise have been quiet.

Boxing Day was expected to hit a peak temperature of 29 degrees with the gauge not getting below 22 degrees through Christmas night.

Winds would remain light throughout with a 70% chance of some rain. Wednesday would see maximum temperatures drop a further degree to 28 on what was expected to be a partly cloudy day with showers throughout.

Winds were likely to stay light but there was a chance of a thunder storm developing.

Thursday would also record a temperature peak of 28 degrees with winds from the south south-east at 15-20 km/h shifting east south-east before becoming light later in the day.

Maximums would climb back to 29 degrees on Friday and Saturday which were both expected to feature only light winds throughout.

New Year's would also be mostly sunny, with a 29 degrees maximum that could be higher under the influence of north westerly winds reaching 15-20 km/h through the day.

Daytime high tides would rise considerably from December 31 pushing through two metres and calling for caution when driving on the beach north Noosa through to Rainbow Beach.