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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
3.4°C
Mostly sunny

Last updated:
Tuesday 10:50pm EST
Wind Speed: 6km/h gusting to 7km/h
Wind Direction: 163 (SSE)
Rain since 9am: 0.2mm
Dew Point: 2.5C
Humidity: 94%
Forecast
Mostly sunny Wednesday
3C to 9C
Mostly sunny Thursday
2C to 11C
Rain Friday
3C to 11C
Windy with showers Saturday
6C to 11C
Snow Sunday
2C to 5C
Possible shower Monday
1C to 7C
Possible shower Tuesday
2C to 8C
Katoomba weather
Wollongong radar

Oberon

Current
3.4°C
Frost then sunny

Last updated:
Tuesday 10:50pm EST
Wind Speed: 6km/h gusting to 7km/h
Wind Direction: 163 (SSE)
Rain since 9am: 0.2mm
Dew Point: 2.5C
Humidity: 94%
Forecast
Frost then sunny Wednesday
-3C to 9C
Frost then sunny Thursday
-2C to 11C
Rain Friday
0C to 9C
Windy with showers Saturday
2C to 9C
Snow Sunday
-2C to 4C
Possible shower Monday
-4C to 5C
Possible shower Tuesday
-2C to 6C
Oberon weather
Wollongong radar

Springwood

Current
7.3°C
Mostly sunny

Last updated:
Tuesday 10:50pm EST
Wind Speed: 0km/h gusting to 0km/h
Wind Direction: 0 (CAL)
Rain since 9am: 0.0mm
Dew Point: 6.4C
Humidity: 94%
Forecast
Mostly sunny Wednesday
7C to 14C
Mostly sunny Thursday
6C to 15C
Rain Friday
6C to 16C
Possible shower Saturday
8C to 16C
Mostly sunny Sunday
6C to 11C
Possible shower Monday
5C to 12C
Possible shower Tuesday
6C to 13C
Springwood weather
Sydney radar

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