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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
23.5°C
Possible shower

Last updated:
Thursday 1:00pm EDT
Wind Speed: 17km/h gusting to 26km/h
Wind Direction: 260 (W)
Rain since 9am: 0.0mm
Dew Point: 10.6C
Humidity: 44%
Forecast
Possible shower Thursday
12C to 26C
Mostly sunny Friday
12C to 23C
Showers Saturday
10C to 22C
Mostly sunny Sunday
11C to 25C
Possible thunderstorm Monday
13C to 26C
Possible thunderstorm Tuesday
14C to 23C
Possible thunderstorm Wednesday
16C to 23C
Katoomba weather
Wollongong radar

Oberon

Current
23.5°C
Possible shower

Last updated:
Thursday 1:00pm EDT
Wind Speed: 17km/h gusting to 26km/h
Wind Direction: 260 (W)
Rain since 9am: 0.0mm
Dew Point: 10.6C
Humidity: 44%
Forecast
Possible shower Thursday
9C to 26C
Mostly sunny Friday
9C to 22C
Showers Saturday
6C to 24C
Mostly sunny Sunday
8C to 27C
Possible thunderstorm Monday
11C to 27C
Possible thunderstorm Tuesday
12C to 25C
Possible thunderstorm Wednesday
13C to 23C
Oberon weather
Wollongong radar

Springwood

Current
24.5°C
Possible shower

Last updated:
Thursday 1:00pm EDT
Wind Speed: 13km/h gusting to 18km/h
Wind Direction: 10 (N)
Rain since 9am: 0.2mm
Dew Point: 16.7C
Humidity: 62%
Forecast
Possible shower Thursday
16C to 29C
Mostly sunny Friday
16C to 26C
Showers Saturday
13C to 25C
Mostly sunny Sunday
14C to 29C
Possible thunderstorm Monday
16C to 30C
Possible thunderstorm Tuesday
18C to 27C
Possible thunderstorm Wednesday
19C to 26C
Springwood weather
Sydney radar

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