The Weather at Guyra NSW
The town of Guyra is
literally at the top of the range near the higher parts of the Northern
Tablelands. In fact the Great Divide runs right through the town itself. The Bureau
of Meteorology weather station is located in the grounds of the Guyra Hospital, elevation 1332 metres.
This station has been in operation since August 1981.
Prior to this the post office operated a weather station from 1911 to 1972 with a number of gaps. Rainfall has been recorded for a longer period starting in 1886 at the post office.
Readings were taken daily at the hospital at 9am and 3pm. From 1st August 2015 only 9am observations are being taken.
Right: Autumn in Guyra - Ryanda Street, April 2015.
Image courtesy of Guyra Argus
Current Weather Conditions
Click on the link below for weather conditions in Guyra right now.
Note: This a private weather station located in South Guyra. Conditions recorded here may differ slightly from the Bureau weather station at the hospital.
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A private weather station is located at Llangothlin, 8 kilometres north of Guyra on the property Elm Grove. Click on the link below for current weather conditions there.
Recent Weather Conditions
Last three 9am observations from the Bureau weather station at the Guyra Hospital here.
Monthly Data Files
Daily data for this month and the previous 12 months here.
Climate averages and extremes for Guyra Post Office here.
This set of statistics uses rainfall data from 1886, but temperature data is limited to the period 1965 to 1972.
Climate averages and extremes for Guyra Hospital here.
This set of statistics uses rainfall and temperature data from 1981 which means the rainfall averages are not reliable for such a relatively short period. It is recommended that rainfall averages from the post office site be used for greater accuracy.
About Guyra’s Weather
Guyra is the highest town on the Northern Tablelands and as such records the lowest day time temperatures in the region. Overnight temperatures however, particularly in the winter months, are frequently higher than nearby Armidale and Glen Innes. This is because Guyra is at the top of an exposed plateau where the wind may blow all night, whereas Armidale and Glen Innes are in protected valleys where cold air drainage and temperature inversions are common events allowing overnight temperatures to drop to lower levels.
If you want to see snow on the Northern Tablelands, Guyra is the place to be with an average of five snowfalls per year. Most years Guyra manages at least one good snowfall with snow several centimetres deep on the ground, easily enough to build a good sized snow person! During such events the New England Highway is often closed to the north and south of the town for a few hours or maybe a full day.
Guyra's climate can be summed up as mild in summer and cold in winter.
Highest temperature on record: 34.4C* on 3rd January 2014.
Lowest maximum temperature: -0.3C on 3rd July 1984 during heavy snowfalls.
Lowest minimum temperature: -7.8C on 26th June 1971.
* Estimated actual record high: 36C approx. on 15 January 1939 (Armidale’s record high was 39.7C on this day).
The Guyra Post Office was taking temp readings at this time, but unfortunately the daily records are not available.
Below: Snow was thick on the ground in suburban Guyra in
the morning of 12th October 2012. Photograph by Trish Martin.
Guyra Weather News 2016
APRIL 2016 SUMMARY (Long term average in brackets)
Rainfall: 35.6 mm (48 mm)
Average maximum temp: 20.5C (18.0C)
Average minimum temp: 8.8C (6.8C)
Highest: 26.4C on the 7th
Lowest maximum: 14.3C on the 24th
Lowest: 4.5C on the 15th
Frosts: 0 (3)
Sunny days: 9 (16)
Days with thunder: 2 (1)
Complete April 2016 data table here.
WARMEST APRIL FOR 11 YEARS - It was an unusually warm month with no cold weather events and above average temperatures. As a result the average maximum of 20.5C was the highest for the month of April since 2005 (21.0C).
HOTTEST APRIL DAYS FOR 30 YEARS - Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th April - Very warm north-westerly winds ahead of a cold front and trough resulted in well above average temperatures on the Northern Tablelands. Guyra’s maximums of 25.9C on the 6th and 26.4C on the 7th were the hottest for April since 4th April 1986 (27.0C).
HOTTEST MARCH FOR 18 YEARS - With an absence of any major rain systems during the month, March 2016 was a very warm sunny month with maximum temperatures averaging 23.9C, the highest for March since 1998.
DRIEST FEBRUARY FOR 37 YEARS - The rainfall total of just 20.6 mm was the lowest for the month of February since February 1979 which totalled 17.4 mm.
COOLEST JANUARY DAY FOR 30 YEARS - 3rd January - During an overcast day of light rain and chilly easterly winds, the temperature reached a maximum of just 13.8C. This was the lowest January maximum for 30 years since 24th January 1986 when 13.5C was recorded.
Guyra Weather News 2015
2015 MONTHLY STATISTICS TABLE here.
2015 RAINFALL TOTAL: 960 mm - 82 mm higher than the long term average. (878 mm)
GUYRA HOTTER THAN ARMIDALE - Friday 27th November - Guyra maximum temp: 28.4C, Armidale maximum temp: 25.0C.
In a rather unusual event Guyra was 3.4 degrees warmer than Armidale. A weak trough developed over the region with warm north-westerly winds blowing over the northern half of the Northern Tablelands, while the southern half was experiencing milder easterly winds from a high pressure system in the Tasman Sea. Under normal weather conditions Guyra’s daytime temperatures are usually around two to three degrees lower than Armidale.
AUGUST COLD SNAP - 12th August - As a cold front combined with upper level cold air passed through the region, temperatures plummeted in the late evening with light snow showers in some higher areas of the Northern Tablelands including Topdale and Black Mountain. There was little or no snow in Guyra. The minimum on the 13th was -0.8C with a chilly, partly cloudy day to follow, maximum 8.7C
AUGUST SNOW - 6th August - Light snow showers fell over the higher parts of the Northern Tablelands in the early hours of the morning, including Guyra, Black Mountain and Ebor. In Guyra there was a patchy cover of snow on the ground at dawn which had melted by about 9am. Maximum temperature for the day was 6.5C. A cold front which passed through the region overnight brought the cold snowy conditions.
SNOW - Thursday 16th/Friday 17th July - In a second major snow event for the month, an upper level trough and cold pool moved through eastern New South Wales on Thursday bringing very low temperatures and widespread snowfalls to the Central Tablelands, Northern Tablelands and over the border into southern Queensland including Stanthorpe and Cunningham’s Gap. The snow started late on Thursday evening and continued through till mid-morning on Friday.
In Guyra snow was around 3 centimetres deep on the ground in the early morning on Friday, but had mostly melted by the afternoon. The maximum temperature for the day was 3.5C, with wind chill temperatures below -5C in the icy westerly winds.
JULY SNOW - Sunday 12th/Monday 13th July - A severe cold front combined with a large upper level cold pool passed through the region early in the morning of the 12th with snowfalls to the Guyra area. Snow settled on the ground in the morning, and there were further snow showers during the day. The maximum temperature of just 2.9C combined with strong westerly winds made it bitterly cold to be outside. However many snow sightseers travelled to the area to witness and play in the snow.
On Monday 13th July further snow fell in the early hours and through the morning. Snow settled on the ground to a depth of around 8 centimetres. It was another icy cold day with a minimum of -3.5C up a maximum of 2.8C.
LIGHT SNOW ON 5TH JUNE - A cold snap brought low temperatures and light snow to the Guyra Area. During a light shower of rain at around 12.30pm large snowfakes fell for about 20 minutes but did not settle on the ground. Snow and rain mixed is normally referred to as “sleet.” A trough moving through eastern New South Wales combined with an upper level pool of cold air was responsible for the low temperatures and snow. The maximum temperature for the day was 6.2C.
COLDEST APRIL DAY FOR 21 YEARS - 26th April - Very cold south-westerly winds and cloudy conditions following a cold front which passed through the region in the early hours of the morning brought April’s lowest day temperatures for 21 years. The maximum temperature of 8.8C was the lowest for the month of April since 12th April 1994 (7.5C).
WARMEST MARCH FOR 17 YEARS - With maximum temperatures averaging 23.0C it was the warmest March since 1998. At this time of year winds are usually mild easteries, but during March a number of troughs over New South Wales caused west and north-westerly winds to prevail drawing in warm air from central Queensland lifting temperatures above normal levels.
HOTTEST MARCH DAY FOR 17 YEARS - 20th March - A very warm north-westerly airstream ahead of a low pressure trough and cold front caused temperatures in northern New South Wales to soar to almost record levels in many areas. Guyra’s maximum of 30.0C was the highest for the month of March since 14th March 1998 when 30.2C was recorded. It was also the hottest day since 23rd November last year when it reached 33.2C.
BEN LOMOND HAILSTORM - 19th January - A severe hailstorm struck the Ben Lomond area north of Guyra in the afternoon with hailstones up to 2.5 cm diameter. Details and photographs courtesy of the Guyra Argus here.
Guyra Weather News 2014
2014 MONTHLY STATISTICS TABLE here.
2014 RAINFALL TOTAL: 665 mm - 214 mm less than the long term average.
2014 WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD - 2014 was Guyra’s warmest year on record. The average temperature for the year of 13.1C was the highest on record from 74 years of complete temperature records available. The previous highest was 2009 (12.9C). Contributing factors were unusually warm day temperatures in January, February, October and November.
WARMEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD - Both the average maximum temperature of 25.5C and average minimum of 11.7C were the highest on record for Guyra for the month of November. Temperatures reached or exceeded 28C on eight days of the month. A number of days with very warm north-westerly winds associated with trough systems combined with sunnier than normal conditions were the reasons for the unusually warm month.
Temperature records for Guyra commenced in 1911 with a number of gaps up until 1981. Only monthly averages available from 1911 to 1965.
HOTTEST NOVEMBER DAYS ON RECORD - 15th & 23rd November - Hot north-westerly winds ahead of a low pressure trough caused temperatures to soar to near record levels for November on the 15th in northern New South Wales. Guyra’s maximum of 32.0C was the highest on record for November (daily records available from 1965). The previous highest November maximum was 31.6C on 20th November 2009.
Eight days later this record was broken again as hot north-westerly winds associated with another trough resulted in a maximum of 33.2C on 23rd November 2014.
DRIEST OCTOBER FOR 63 YEARS - The rainfall total of just 13.4 mm for the month was the lowest for the month of October since 1951 when 9.4 mm was recorded.
WARMEST OCTOBER FOR 74 YEARS - With an average maximum temperature of 21.5C for the month, October 2014 was the warmest October since 1940 (22.2).
HOTTEST OCTOBER DAY ON RECORD - 26th October - 29.3C - A low pressure trough over inland New South Wales directed very warm north-westerly winds over most of the state with Guyra recording a maximum temperature of 29.3C. This was the Guyra’s hottest October day on record (from 41 years of temperature records available). The previous highest was 28.5C on 19th October 2002. It was almost as hot again the following day with a maximum of 29.0C on the 27th.
OCTOBER COLD SNAP - 14th October - A cold front passed through the Northern Tablelands in the early morning bringing cold winds, showers and thunderstorms. In Guyra in the late afternoon very cold air following the front delivered a shower of soft hail or ice pellets (small pellets of ice around 3 to 5 mm diameter, sometimes referred to as sago snow) which partially whitened the ground at around 5.30pm. The maximum temperature on the day was 11.6C, and rain from the event totalled 12.8 mm. This was not classified as a “snow day” as no snowflakes were observed.
SPRING SNOWFALL - 2nd/3rd September - A cold front passed through the Northern Tablelands during the afternoon of the 2nd with strong gusty winds and several showers of soft hail (sometimes referred to as sleet or sago snow) during the afternoon and evening. In the early hours of the 3rd there were light snow showers with a patchy cover on the ground at sunrise. It melted soon after 9am. Light snow also fell around Ben Lomond, Black Mountain and Ebor with heavier falls further south around Hanging Rock.
JULY SNOW - 18th July - As an intense cold front swept through New South Wales in the early hours, snow fell in a wide area of the Northern Tablelands including Niangala, Walcha, Uralla, Armidale, Ebor and Ben Lomond. In Guyra there were early morning snow showers with snow settling about 3 cms deep on the ground at 9am. It had melted by 12 noon. Winds during the day were very cold south-westerlies. The maximum temperature was just 2.5C, but the wind chill temperature remained between -6C and -10C throughout the day in the strong winds. This was Guyra’s coldest day since 9th July 2008 (1.8C max).
LIGHT SNOWFALLS - 30th June - An upper level cold pool combined with moist surface westerly winds generated snow showers over the higher parts of the Northern Tablelands. In Guyra light snow fell in the early hours with a patchy cover on the ground until around 9am when it melted. There were further brief snow showers between 10am and noon, but did not settle. Conditions were very cold during the day with a maximum of just 3.8C and a 3pm wind chill temperature of -4C in the south-westerly winds. Light snow also fell around Black Mountain and Ben Lomond.
MAY SNOWFALLS - 3rd/4th May - Temperatures plunged to mid-winter levels on the 3rd as a severe cold front passed through northern New South Wales bringing showers, strong winds, low temperatures and some light snowfalls to higher parts of the Northern Tablelands. The Guyra/Black Mountain/Ben Lomond areas all received a few light snow and sleet showers. Walcha had at least one snow shower and even Armidale saw a few snowflakes.
In Guyra there were a few light snow showers on the evening of the 3rd and early in the morning of the 4th, but barely settled on the ground. Maximum temperature on the 3rd was just 4.6C, but the strong winds caused the wind chill temperature to be around -5C to -10C for most of the day. Minimum on the 4th was -1.1C, maximum on the 4th was 4.1C - coldest May day since 30th May 2000 (3.5C).
SUMMER OF 2013/14 DRIEST ON RECORD - The rainfall total for the three summer months of just 74.7 mm was the lowest on record (125 years of records).
December recorded 27.6 mm, January was the lowest with 8.9 mm, and February totaled 38.2 mm.
DRIEST JANUARY FOR 33 YEARS - The month total of just 8.9 mm was the lowest for the month of January since 1981 (4.4 mm), and was the lowest for any month since August 2008 (3.6 mm).
Only 36.5 mm was recorded over December 2013-January 2014, driest for these two months on record (records commenced in 1886 with a few gaps).
HOTTEST JANUARY FOR 11 YEARS - Day temperatures during the month averaged 26.2C which was the highest since January 2003 (26.2C). Temperatures reached or exceeded 28C on 11 days with the highest being 34.4C on the 3rd - see below.
HOTTEST DAY FOR 62 YEARS: 34.4C - 3rd January - A low pressure trough over inland New South Wales directed very hot north-westerly winds originating from central Australia over the north of the state. As a result many areas recorded their hottest day on record. In Guyra the maximum was 34.4C, the highest recorded at the present weather station site, and the highest since 7th February 1952 (34.5C).
The following is a list of all dates on which it has snowed in Guyra since 1982, including light non-settling falls.
Average annual number of snow days: 5.2.
1982: 5 days: 21/6,
22/6, 19/7, 20/7,
1983: 5 days: 27/6, 8/7, 1/8, 28/8, 6/10
1984: 8 days: 29/6, 30/6, 3/7, 4/7, 5/7, 11/8, 12/8, 19/9
1985: 9 days: 20/5, 21/5, 5/6, 6/6, 21/6, 19/7, 8/8, 2/9, 3/9
1986: 3 days: 23/6, 9/7, 6/8
1987: 3 days: 28/5, 23/7, 1/9
1988: 2 days: 8/8, 20/9
1989: 11 days: 10/6, 11/6, 21/6, 22/6, 24/6, 17/7, 18/7, 23/7, 24/7, 8/8, 26/9
1990: 8 days: 28/6, 2/7, 3/7, 3/8, 10/8, 23/8, 26/8, 22/10
1991: 6 days: 13/6, 10/7, 11/7, 14/7, 24/8, 12/9
1992: 10 days: 11/6, 24/6, 25/6, 26/6, 10/7, 20/7, 8/8, 13/8, 16/9, 29/9
1993: 1 day: 4/8
1994: 8 days: 13/4, 28/6, 30/7, 31/7, 21/8, 21/9, 27/9, 8/10
1995: 4 days: 17/6, 21/6, 19/7, 28/7
1996: 8 days: 12/7, 13/7, 14/7, 15/7, 21/7, 30/7, 19/8, 3/9
1997: 0 days
1998: 5 days: 23/6, 30/6, 29/7, 30/7, 31/7
1999: 3 days: 16/6, 14/8, 15/8
2000: 10 days: 28/5, 29/5, 30/5, 31/5, 1/6, 30/6, 27/7, 28/7, 24/8, 25/8
2001: 4 days: 7/7, 8/7, 26/8, 27/8
2002: 0 days
2003: 2 days: 24/7, 26/7
2004: 6 days: 20/6, 8/7, 17/7, 18/7, 5/8, 18/8
2005: 4 days: 22/6, 23/6, 10/7, 17/9
2006: 3 days: 4/8, 7/9, 16/11
2007: 9 days: 8/6, 9/6, 19/6, 20/6, 27/6, 28/6, 8/7, 9/7, 10/7
2008: 9 days: 17/5, 18/5, 9/7, 27/7, 28/7, 5/8, 6/8, 23/8, 22/10
2009: 2 days: 10/6, 15/7
2010: 5 days: 3/7, 2/8, 12/8, 26/8, 16/10
2011: 5 days: 19/7, 9/8, 18/8, 10/9, 1/10
2012: 4 days: 5/6, 28/7, 1/8, 12/10
2013: 1 day: 25/6
2014: 5 days: 3/5, 4/5, 30/6, 18/7, 3/9
2015: 6 days: 5/6, 12/7, 13/7, 16/7, 17/7, 6/8
Guyra Snowfall Archive - Details of some of Guyra’s snowfalls in recent years.
Gallery of snow photographs 1984 to 2015
Spring in Guyra
Above left: Daffodils in McKie Park, Above right: Mother of Ducks Lagoon
Images courtesy of Guyra Argus
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