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Climate

Temperature

The climate of the Blue Mountains is somewhat more temperate than the lower Sydney region. There is generally a 2°C drop in temperature every 300 metres increase in altitude. Therefore with Mount Victoria being over 1000 metres above Sea Level, you would expect the temperature to be around 7°C lower than Sydney.

During the winter months (June, July August), the average temperature in the Upper Mountains is around 5°C while in Summer (December, January February), the average temperature is around 18°C.

The Lower Blue Mountains has a much warmer climate. Lapstone is only 160 metres above sea level through to Faulconbridge which is 446 metres. The average temperature is 16°C in winter and 29°C during the summer months.

Below is a graph which illustrates the average maximum and minimum temperatures for each month of the year within Katoomba

1981-2010 average max and min temperatures (°C) - Katoomba1981-2010 average max and min temperatures (°C) - Katoomba

Rainfall

The Blue Mountains has a similar rainfall to Sydney.

The Upper Blue Mountains receives an average of around 1050mm per year while the Lower Blue Mountains receives around 850mm per year.

1981-2010 average rainfall (mm) for each month - Katoomba.1981-2010 average rainfall (mm) for each month - Katoomba.

1981-2010 average number of rain days (>1mm) - Katoomba.1981-2010 average number of rain days (>1mm) - Katoomba.

Snowfall

The Blue Mountains generally has a reputation for snow in winter, however, despite the cool temperatures there are only around 5 snow days per year in the upper mountains.

It is extremely rare to see snow below Lawson. It is not unusual to see white blankets of frost covering the ground in the early morning hours.

Of an evening, thick coverings of ice can form on car windscreens. The crisp cool air of winter makes the Blue Mountains an ideal location for Yulefest. Cosy log fires can be found in many fine establishments.

 

Katoomba

Current
18.2°C
Thunderstorms clearing

Last updated:
Saturday 3:00pm EDT
Wind Speed: 48km/h gusting to 76km/h
Wind Direction: 280 (W)
Rain since 9am: 0.8mm
Dew Point: 11.3C
Humidity: 64%
Forecast
Thunderstorms clearing Saturday
18C to 28C
Sunny Sunday
7C to 19C
Possible shower Monday
8C to 17C
Late shower Tuesday
8C to 20C
Possible thunderstorm Wednesday
9C to 24C
Possible thunderstorm Thursday
13C to 25C
Mostly sunny Friday
11C to 27C
Katoomba weather
Wollongong radar

Oberon

Current
18.2°C
Thunderstorms clearing

Last updated:
Saturday 3:00pm EDT
Wind Speed: 48km/h gusting to 76km/h
Wind Direction: 280 (W)
Rain since 9am: 0.8mm
Dew Point: 11.3C
Humidity: 64%
Forecast
Thunderstorms clearing Saturday
13C to 23C
Sunny Sunday
1C to 15C
Possible shower Monday
1C to 17C
Late shower Tuesday
4C to 20C
Possible thunderstorm Wednesday
7C to 23C
Possible thunderstorm Thursday
7C to 20C
Mostly sunny Friday
6C to 24C
Oberon weather
Wollongong radar

Springwood

Current
31.4°C
Thunderstorms

Last updated:
Saturday 3:00pm EDT
Wind Speed: 15km/h gusting to 20km/h
Wind Direction: 330 (NNW)
Rain since 9am: 1.8mm
Dew Point: 16.9C
Humidity: 42%
Forecast
Thunderstorms Saturday
20C to 33C
Sunny Sunday
11C to 23C
Possible shower Monday
11C to 21C
Late shower Tuesday
11C to 24C
Possible thunderstorm Wednesday
12C to 28C
Possible thunderstorm Thursday
16C to 28C
Mostly sunny Friday
14C to 29C
Springwood weather
Sydney radar

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