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Information by Jeff Martin, Observer for Bureau of Meteorology
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.
Photograph show McKie Park, Guyra in the morning of 28th June 2016 after snowfalls the previous night.
Image courtesy of Guyra Argus
Current Weather Conditions
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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, ten 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: 35.1C* on 11th February 2017.
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 2017
FEBRUARY 2017 SUMMARY (Long term average in brackets)
Rainfall: 95.4 mm (93 mm) on 9 days
Average maximum temp: 26.4C (23.1C)
Average minimum temp: 14.2C (11.8C)
Highest: 35.1C on the 11th
Lowest maximum: 17.3C on the 28th
Lowest: 6.4C on the 20th
Frosts: 0 (0)
Sunny days: 15 (15)
Days with thunder: 8 (6)
Complete February 2017 data table here.
HOTTEST FEBRUARY FOR 78 YEARS - The average maximum temperature of 26.4C was highest for the month of February since 1939 when it was 26.5C. As with the previous month January, the unusually warm conditions were the result of numerous low pressure troughs developing over inland NSW during the month drawing in hot air from central Australia, and a lack of any major rain systems which usually bring cooler conditions.
RECORD HEAT - HOTTEST DAYS ON RECORD - 11th/12th February - The maximum temperatures of 35.1C on the 11th and 34.7C on the 12th were Guyra’s hottest days on record.* The previous highest was 34.4C on 3rd January 2014. The minimum of 21.2C on the 12th was also highest on record, previous highest 21.1C on 10th February 2004.
A low pressure trough over western New South Wales drawing in very hot air from central Australia was responsible for the extreme conditions.
HOTTEST JANUARY FOR 14 YEARS - The average maximum temperature of 26.2C was the highest for the month of January since 2003 when it was also 26.2C. The average minimum of 14.9C was the highest on record. (Previous highest 14.1C in 1942.) The unusually warm conditions were the result of numerous low pressure troughs developing over inland NSW during the month drawing in hot air from central Australia, and a lack of any major rain systems which usually bring cooler conditions.
WILD THUNDERSTORMS HIT GUYRA - Friday 20th January - A line of thunderstorms associated with a low pressure trough moved across north-eastern New South Wales during the afternoon. The storms hit Guyra at 4pm with heavy rain and strong winds which blew down trees and fences, and caused considerable damage to marquees at the Lamb and Potato Festival site next to the New England Highway. The storms lasted from 4pm to 7pm with the worst conditions between 4pm and 5pm. The maximum wind gust recorded at the South Guyra weather station was 121 km per hour at 4.24pm. There was no hail with the storms, and the total rain recorded was 22 mm.
THUNDERSTORMS & HAIL - Thursday 12th January - A number of thunderstorms swept across the Northern Tablelands in the evening bringing strong wind gusts, heavy rain and hail. At around 8.30pm hailstones varying in size up to 4 cm diameter (golf ball size) fell in Guyra. The largest hailstones were fairly sparse but some damage occurred in the town including dented cars and broken windows. Total rain and melted hail from the storms was 50.0 mm.
* Daily temperature records available for Guyra cover the period from 1965 to 1972, and 1981 to present. In the case of the record high temperatures in February 2017, it is possible one or more higher temperatures may have occurred during the heatwave in January 1939.
Guyra Weather News 2016
2016 MONTHLY STATISTICS TABLE here.
2016 RAINFALL TOTAL: 917 mm - 39 mm higher than the long term average. (878 mm)
HOTTEST DECEMBER FOR 26 YEARS - The average maximum temperature of 25.6C was the highest for the month of December since 1990 which averaged 26.7C. Temperatures reached 30.0C or higher on four days of the month. The unusually warm conditions were caused by a number of troughs drawing in very warm air from the centre of Australia.
COOLEST SEPTEMBER FOR 24 YEARS - Based on maximum temperatures September 2016 with an average maximum of 13.7C was the coolest September since 1992 (13.3C). This was caused by a higher than normal number of cloudy and windy days during the month.
STRONG WINDS - Saturday 23rd July - Strong winds swept across the Northern Tablelands in the early hours of the morning associated with the passing of an intense cold front. From midnight to 12 noon wind speeds averaged between 30 and 45 kms per hour with the highest gust of 85 kms per hour recorded at 3.08am at South Guyra.
WARMEST JULY DAYS ON RECORD - 19th/20th July - The maximum of 18.7C on the 19th and 18.2C on the 20th were the highest July temperatures on record (from 42 years of records). The previous highest was 17.7C on 16th July 2003. The unusually mild conditions were caused by warm air from northern Australia being drawn into New South Wales ahead of a low pressure trough.
The minimum temperatures of 10.6C on the 20th July and 12.1C on the 21st July were also the highest July minimums on record. The previous highest was 9.5C on 9 July 1993 and 13th July 2012.
JULY SNOW - 5th/6th July - Cold air following the passage of a cold front on the 5th brought light snow showers to the Guyra area in the late evening and following morning, the 6th, with a very light cover on the ground. There were further light snow showers through the day which was also a day of strong winds and low wind chill temperatures. The maximum wind gust was 63 km per hour at 10.43am, measured in South Guyra. The maximum temperature on the 6th was just 3.1C, but the wind chill temperature for most of the day was between -1C and -5C. Light snowfalls also occurred at Ben Lomond and Black Mountain.
LATE JUNE SNOWFALLS - 27th June - Very cold air associated with a low pressure trough and cold air in the upper atmosphere brought snowfalls and low temperatures to the Guyra area. After a few light snow showers during the day, the best falls came in the evening from around 6pm with snow settling on the ground to a depth of around 5 cms. The snow remained on the ground overnight and into the following morning.
The 27th was Guyra’s coldest day for 18 years with a maximum temperature of just 2.2C, lowest since 31st July 1998 (2.0C).
FIRST SNOW OF THE YEAR - 24th June - A severe cold front passed through the Northern Tablelands in the afternoon with strong winds and showers. Very cold air following the front brought light snow showers to higher parts of the region in the evening. In Guyra there was a light fall of snow around 9pm which remained on the ground well into the following morning. Temperatures on the 25th: minimum -3.0C, maximum 5.0C.
STRONG WINDS - 20th June - Guyra was buffeted by unusually strong westerly winds during the afternoon and evening. The maximum wind gust recorded in South Guyra was 71 km per hour at 2.47pm.
WARMEST MAY ON RECORD - With an average maximum temperature of 17.5C, May 2016 was the warmest May on record
based on maximum temperatures from 83 years of records. The previous warmest
May was in 1937.
WARMEST MAY DAYS ON RECORD - 7th & 14th May - Warm northerly winds ahead of a cold front and trough produced unusually high temperatures on the Northern Tablelands on 7th May. Guyra’s maximum of 21.4C was the highest on record for the month of May from 42 years of records. The previous highest was 21.1C on 12th May 1967. This record was broken a week later on the 14th when 21.6C was recorded.
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.
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
2016: 4 days: 24/6, 27/6, 5/7, 6/7
Details of Guyra Snowfalls since 2006
Gallery of Northern Tablelands snow photographs 1984 to 2015
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