Thousands dressed in festive beach outfits flock to Bondi Beach and Byron Bay to celebrate Christmas

Thousands dressed in festive beach outfits flock to Bondi Beach and Byron Bay to celebrate Christmas

Thousands have taken advantage of perfect summer weather to flock to some of Australia’s most iconic beaches to celebrate an Australian outdoor Christmas.

There was no shortage of Christmas spirit along Sydney’s Bondi Beach as beachgoers donned festive outfits, including Santa hats, skimpy red bikinis and reindeer antlers.

Lifesavers even went to the trouble of erecting and decorating a Christmas tree on the beach to add to the festive atmosphere.

There were similar scenes 765 kilometres further north in Byron Bay on the New South Wales far north coast near the Queensland border, where hundreds of holidaymakers also flocked to the water for their Christmas celebrations.

As many Sydneysiders and international holidaymakers plunged into the ocean for a swim or surf, others preferred to stay dry on the sand to sunbake and soak up the picturesque scenery, enjoy a picnic lunch, or game of beach cricket.

Thousands more are expected to pack the Bondi foreshore throughout the day with a top of 29 degrees predicted with zero chance of rain.

Similar conditions are forecast for Boxing Day on Wednesday.

It was a vast contrast from last year’s conditions, where a rainy and overcast Sydney reached a high of 20 degrees.

There is also perfect beach weather along most of Australia’s east coast with a top of 29 in Brisbane and 26 further south in Melbourne.

Many in Perth and Adelaide also flocked to the beach to cool off as temperatures soared into the mid 30s a high pressure system covering almost all of Australia bringing dry and sunny conditions.

‘Generally across Australia, we’re looking at hot and sunny conditions on Christmas Day, apart from the chance of storms in north Queensland and the Northern Territory,’ the Bureau of Meteorology’s Sarah Fitton told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.

‘Most states will see above average temperatures, particularly the southern parts of the country, where it will be 8-10C above average.

The weather will only get hotter after Christmas.

While Sydney will only see a slight rise in temperatures in the coming days before reaching a high of 32 on Sunday, Adelaide will end 2018 with six consecutive days of 35C plus temperatures, including a scorching 41C predicted for Thursday.

‘Most states will see an increase in temperatures later in the week, particularly in South Australia, parts of northern Victoria and southern NSW,’ Ms Fitton told Daily Mail Australia.

‘There’s a slight chance December temperature records in some areas will be broken.’

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Thousands dressed in festive beach outfits flock to Bondi Beach and Byron Bay to celebrate Christmas

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  1. PAPARAZZI NEWS on 25/12/2018 at 5:23 am

    Thousands dressed in festive beach outfits flock to Bondi Beach and Byron Bay to celebrate Christmas

    Thousands have taken advantage of perfect summer weather to flock to some of Australia’s most iconic beaches to celebrate an Australian outdoor Christmas.

    There was no shortage of Christmas spirit along Sydney’s Bondi Beach as beachgoers donned festive outfits, including Santa hats, skimpy red bikinis and reindeer antlers.

    Lifesavers even went to the trouble of erecting and decorating a Christmas tree on the beach to add to the festive atmosphere.

    There were similar scenes 765 kilometres further north in Byron Bay on the New South Wales far north coast near the Queensland border, where hundreds of holidaymakers also flocked to the water for their Christmas celebrations.

    As many Sydneysiders and international holidaymakers plunged into the ocean for a swim or surf, others preferred to stay dry on the sand to sunbake and soak up the picturesque scenery, enjoy a picnic lunch, or game of beach cricket.

    Thousands more are expected to pack the Bondi foreshore throughout the day with a top of 29 degrees predicted with zero chance of rain.

    Similar conditions are forecast for Boxing Day on Wednesday.

    It was a vast contrast from last year’s conditions, where a rainy and overcast Sydney reached a high of 20 degrees.

    There is also perfect beach weather along most of Australia’s east coast with a top of 29 in Brisbane and 26 further south in Melbourne.

    Many in Perth and Adelaide also flocked to the beach to cool off as temperatures soared into the mid 30s a high pressure system covering almost all of Australia bringing dry and sunny conditions.

    ‘Generally across Australia, we’re looking at hot and sunny conditions on Christmas Day, apart from the chance of storms in north Queensland and the Northern Territory,’ the Bureau of Meteorology’s Sarah Fitton told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.

    ‘Most states will see above average temperatures, particularly the southern parts of the country, where it will be 8-10C above average.

    The weather will only get hotter after Christmas.

    While Sydney will only see a slight rise in temperatures in the coming days before reaching a high of 32 on Sunday, Adelaide will end 2018 with six consecutive days of 35C plus temperatures, including a scorching 41C predicted for Thursday.

    ‘Most states will see an increase in temperatures later in the week, particularly in South Australia, parts of northern Victoria and southern NSW,’ Ms Fitton told Daily Mail Australia.

    ‘There’s a slight chance December temperature records in some areas will be broken.’

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