December temperatures set to soar

RINSE out your bathers, lather on some sunscreen and fill up your water bottle: we're in for couple of scorchingly hot days.

The mercury is predicted to hit 29 degrees in Launceston tomorrow, with 28 degrees expected on Friday.

It's a far cry from the string of days above 30 degrees the city endured in March, but if the forecast is correct, it will be the first time the city has reached the temperature during December in four years.

Tomorrow is expected to be the hottest December day since New Year's Eve 2009.

Bureau of Meteorology climatologist  Ian Barnes-Keoghan said the forecast weather was not exceptionally hot, but was unusual for this time of year.

``The high temperature is certainly not unheard of. However, we usually only see it get this hot once or twice a year, and that's rarely during December,'' he said. 

Mr Barnes-Keoghan said north to north-westerly winds forecast for tomorrow should make conditions bearable for people spending time in town.

People are encouraged to take care during the high temperature conditions and drink plenty of water.

Things are expected to cool down after Friday, with light rains and temperatures around 20 degrees forecast for the days leading up to Christmas.

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