What the weather will be like on Christmas Day

Christmas takes a whole lot of organising, what with the presents, the decorations and the get-togethers.
But the one thing that can't be organised is the weather.
So it's good to know ahead of time whether your barbecue is going to get washed out, or if the sun will be so scorching that your Christmas pudding lights itself on fire.
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Of course, the further we are from a particular date, the less accurate the weather forecast will be.
As we get closer to December 25, this article will be updated with the most recent forecasts.
But as it stands today, here is what the weather will be like on Christmas Day around the country.
SydneyAccuWeather is forecasting a rainy Christmas Day in Sydney. A passing shower in the morning will be followed by a rainy afternoon.
Temperatures will be a mild 20-24C degrees, but throughout the day it will be cloudy and humid.
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‘Act now’: Emergency warning issued over Queensland floods

Nursing homes and hospitals in the Queensland town of Goondiwindi have been forced to evacuate, with 10,000 locals on standby to leave the flooded city.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have issued an emergency alert, as flood levels and the Macintyre River are predicted to reach record-breaking highs.
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Goondiwindi Regional Council has urged residents to act now and familiarise themselves with emergency flood plans.
“Watch and act, and make sure you're prepared, and this community is prepared if we need to come together that's just a normal thing we do,” Goondiwindi mayor Lawrence Springborg said.
“We have emergency people that do this, medical people involved, health professionals involved and they do this as a part of their living.
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First-ever COVID-19 death recorded in Northern Territory

The Nothern Territory has recorded its first death of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Authorities reported this morning that a woman in her 70s has died with the virus.
The woman is from the Binjari community, just outside Katherine.
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https://twitter.com/amy_sinclair9/status/1466576530998382595She was unvaccinated.
“This is the first death associated with COVID-19 in the Northern Territory and relates to the current outbreak of which there are 60 cases,” the NT Government said in a statement.
The territory recorded one new COVID-19 case yesterday.
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Government apps top the charts as most downloaded on iPhone in 2021

Tech giant Apple has released the list of the most downloaded apps for 2021 across iPhone and iPad, with a remarkable change at the top of the download charts when compared to previous years.
Normally a social media app or messaging app will not only top the chart but fill a large part of the top download list.
However, thanks to the continuing global pandemic, the charts look a lot different this year.
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Federal and State Government apps take the top five spots on the charts for 2021.
The national Express Plus Medicare app was the most downloaded free app on iPhone in 2021.
The app allows Australians to view their Medicare card, but most importantly also check their vaccination status and view their Digital Vaccination Certificate.
In second, third and fourth place were the state-based QR check-in apps from Queensland, NSW and Victoria
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Body of missing Victorian jockey recovered off Gold Coast beach

The body of missing Victorian jockey Chris Caserta has been recovered in waters off a Gold Coast beach.
Surf Life Saving Queensland lifesavers on wave runners discovered the body in the surf break at Main Beach, just south of the sand pumping jetty, about 8.30am today.
Queensland Police confirmed the body has since been formally identified as the 26-year-old jockey.
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https://twitter.com/QldPolice/status/1466567277499727876Mr Caserta had been swimming at Surfers Paradise Beach about 10pm on Wednesday when he became trapped in a rip.
A 25-year-old woman, who was with him at the time, managed to return to shore but the jockey vanished from sight.
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Authorities have no idea how the high school student in Sydney caught the virus, with no recent overseas travel history or connection to anyone who has recently been abroad.
The case is a student at Regents Park Christian School in western Sydney.
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The senior school has been dismissed for the year.
There are nine cases of the Omicron variant in New South Wales.
NSW has recorded 337 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the highest number in weeks.
There are currently 140 people in hospital with the disease, 25 of which are in intensive care. Ten of those require ventilation.
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In the state, 94.6 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 92.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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Labor will commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent by 2030.
The policy exceeds the forecasted 35 per cent reduction put forward by Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Glasgow summit last month.
The dramatic reduction would be contingent on the party winning next year's federal election.
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The policy is expected to be announced later today.
Speaking on Today this morning, Labor Deputy Leader Richard Marles was pressed on the details.
“We will be articulating a very clear path to how we get to zero net emissions by 2050 – because we actually believe in it,” he said.
“And that stands in stark contrast to the government who really have a pretty hollow policy around all of this.”
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Two pilots of a light plane that crashed at an airport south of Brisbane this morning have escaped uninjured.
Emergency services were called to Archerfield Airport, 12km south of Brisbane, just before 8am after the single-engine plane came down in a nearby paddock after taking off.
Queensland Ambulance Service said the two pilots were uninjured and are being assessed at the scene by paramedics.
Firefighters put down a blanket of foam around the plane as a precautionary measure after a spillage of aviation fuel.
Investigations are continuing.
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No change to COVID-19 vaccine booster program

There will be no bringing forward Australia's booster shot program despite the emergence of the Omicron Covid variant in the country.
The UK has moved to a shorter time period between the second shot and the booster, compared to the six-month gap adhered to in Australia.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly said advisory body ATAGI had examined the evidence.
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“There is no evidence to suggest that an earlier booster dose of the current COVID-19 vaccines will augment the protection against the Omicron variant,” he said.
“In summary, no change.”
Professor Kelly said he had spoken to his South African equivalents overnight about the Omicron variant on the three key questions about it – its transmissibility, its severity, and the effectiveness of existing vaccines.
“Is it transmissible, they have no doubt that it is,” he said.
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The boy was struck about 8.15am this morning on Glebe Street in Glebe and died at the scene.
The driver is undergoing mandatory testing in hospital.
A crime scene has been established and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash is underway.
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