A lingering trough brought welcome rain and cooler conditions to the Bundaberg Region on Wednesday but should clear before New Year celebrations.
The maximum temperature in Bundaberg hovered around 22 degrees on Wednesday, close to the lowest December high of 21, recorded in 2006.
After the welcome rain, the weather bureau says a a trough lies over the southwest and will linger for the next few days.
A second trough extends from the Gulf Country to the Townsville and Central Coasts, drifting slowly north over the next two days before pushing well offshore and weakening over the weekend.
A high over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the east coast south of the trough, with a new high moving into the Tasman Sea by Friday to maintain the ridge.
Thursday's forecast for Bundaberg is for cloudy conditions with a 95 per cent chance of showers, becoming less likely late this afternoon and evening. There will be areas of rain tending to showers from the afternoon.
Thursday's maximum temperature is forecast to reach 28 degrees while Friday is expected to have a shower or two and a high of 29.
- Earlier report: Rain forecast for Bundaberg Region