While there may be showers and rain across the region forecast before the end of the year, sunny weather is expected for the final day of 2017 and the first day of 2018.
Possible showers and storms have been forecast in most towns across the central and western areas of NSW for late Thursday and Friday, but sunny conditions are likely over the weekend.
Lithgow will have a mostly sunny end to the year with a top of 25 degrees and cloudy on New Year’s Eve and a top of 29 degrees with possible showers on January 1.
Cowra will have possible showers over the next few days, but sunny weather and a top of 32 is expected on December 31 and sunny weather and a top of 32 degrees on New Year’s Day.
Parkes is expecting showers for the final days of 2017, but mostly sunny weather with a top of 31 is predicted for New Year’s Eve and sunny weather with a top of 33 degrees for New Year’s Day.
Forbes is also expecting some showers at the end of the week before a Sunny New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with tops of 33 degrees and 34 degrees respectively.
Mudgee will have a mostly sunny end of the year and sunny weather on the final day of 2017 and first day of 2018. Currently a top of 30 degrees is predicted on December 31 and 32 degrees on January 1.
Young will have some showers at the end of the week but a sunny New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day both with a predicted top of 31 degrees.
The longer term forecast for the first months of 2018 shows normal rainfall conditions and cooler temperatures across the state.
“The first six months of 2018 should end up with near normal rainfall and a continuation of above average temperatures with the greatest temperature departures from average occurring in February and March in the south and west of the state,” Weatherzone meterologist Don White said.
The Bureau of Meterology released their seasonal and monthly outlook for 2018, showing a cooler start to 2018 for the eastern areas of the country.
“January to March daytime and night-time temperatures are likely to be cooler than average for large parts of eastern and western Australia,” the report states.