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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
13.0°C
Showers

Last updated:
Tuesday 5:00am EDT
Wind Speed: 9km/h gusting to 17km/h
Wind Direction: 100 (E)
Rain since 9am: 10.4mm
Dew Point: 12.8C
Humidity: 99%
Forecast
Showers Tuesday
12C to 14C
Possible shower Wednesday
11C to 16C
Mostly sunny Thursday
8C to 18C
Late shower Friday
9C to 21C
Sunny Saturday
9C to 23C
Possible shower Sunday
10C to 23C
Possible shower Monday
12C to 21C
Katoomba weather
Wollongong radar

Oberon

Current
13.0°C
Showers

Last updated:
Tuesday 5:00am EDT
Wind Speed: 9km/h gusting to 17km/h
Wind Direction: 100 (E)
Rain since 9am: 10.4mm
Dew Point: 12.8C
Humidity: 99%
Forecast
Showers Tuesday
11C to 15C
Possible shower Wednesday
10C to 16C
Mostly sunny Thursday
6C to 18C
Late shower Friday
5C to 19C
Sunny Saturday
6C to 20C
Possible shower Sunday
8C to 23C
Possible shower Monday
11C to 20C
Oberon weather
Wollongong radar

Springwood

Current
18.1°C
Showers

Last updated:
Tuesday 5:00am EDT
Wind Speed: 11km/h gusting to 17km/h
Wind Direction: 200 (SSW)
Rain since 9am: 4.8mm
Dew Point: 17.1C
Humidity: 94%
Forecast
Showers Tuesday
16C to 19C
Possible shower Wednesday
15C to 21C
Mostly sunny Thursday
12C to 23C
Late shower Friday
13C to 25C
Sunny Saturday
12C to 27C
Late shower Sunday
14C to 28C
Possible shower Monday
16C to 26C
Springwood weather
Sydney radar

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