A fireworks company in far north Queensland preparing to ring in the new year with a bang is hoping rain will not dampen reveller's spirits.
There will be displays in Cairns, Thursday Island, Mornington Island, Kuranda, Palm Cove and Port Douglas.
Explosive Art spokesman Paul Gianotti says it will be the biggest new year's eve fireworks display seen in Cairns, with three barges set up in Trinity Bay.
"In the preparation for all the effects that we have, they are waterproofed, we get them on the barge and they're all waterproofed and we can fire in the rain and plan B is keep going as per schedule," he said.
"All this work done and the crowds stay away because of the weather, but hopefully it'll blow over and we can have a nice fine, balmy night for the end of the year."
Meanwhile, the weather bureau in Townsville in north Queensland is predicting a wet start to the new year.
Meteorologist Doug Fraser says showers should increase this afternoon and will continue into tomorrow.
He says those people planning outdoor festivities this evening might want to have a back-up plan.
"There's a fair chance of being a bit of rain into this evening and possibly some reasonable falls," he said.
"We are saying local moderate heavy falls - not expecting any flooding conditions - not like a monsoon trough or tropical flooding situation."