The Weather at Guyra NSW

A compilation of present and past weather at Guyra NSW Australia

Guyra is located on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, elevation 1332 metres

This website has been prepared with information supplied by Jeff Martin, Observer for Bureau of Meteorology

Image:  Cumulus clouds over Little Llangothlin Lagoon, 20 kms north of Guyra
on 28th August 2023.  Image by

The town of Guyra is literally at the top of the range on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales with the Great Divide running right through the town itself. The Bureau of Meteorology weather station is located in the grounds of the Guyra Hospital at an elevation of 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 twice daily at the hospital at 9am and 3pm. From 1st August 2015 only 9am observations are being taken.


RAINFALL CHART  for your farm/home rainfall recordings. PDF format - printable.

Current Weather Conditions
Present temperature, humidity, wind and rainfall in Guyra here.

Note: This is a privately owned weather station in North Guyra. Data recorded here will vary slightly from the official station at the Guyra Hospital.
Conditions are updated every few minutes through the Weather Underground website. If temperatures are displayed in Farenheit, go to the settings icon in the top right corner of the screen and set to degrees C.


Recent Weather
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

Climate averages and extremes for Guyra Post Office

This set of statistics uses rainfall data from 1886, but temperature data is limited to the period 1911 to 1956 with a few missing years, and 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 to warm in summer and cold in winter.

Temperature extremes:
  Highest maximum: 37.8C on 15th January 1939
  Lowest maximum: -0.3C on 3rd July 1984 during heavy snowfalls
  Lowest minimum: -7.8C on 26th June 1971

Guyra Weather News 2023

NOVEMBER SUMMARY  (Long term average in brackets)
Rainfall:  127.8 mm  (87 mm) on 17 days
Average maximum temp:  21.0C  (20.5C)
Average minimum temp:  9.9C  (8.7C)
Highest:  27.4C on the 13th
Lowest maximum temp:  14.1C on the 5th  
Lowest:  3.7C on the 18th   
Frosts:  0  (1)
Sunny days:  7  (13)
Days with thunder:  8  (6)
Complete November 2023 data table (printable)


The rainfall total of 2.0 mm was the lowest on record from 135 years of records. The previous lowest was 5.1 mm in 1925. The abnormally dry conditions were caused by a developing El Nino event in the Pacific Ocean, and a number of strong high pressure systems moving across the north of New South Wales confining rain bearing systems to southern and central parts of the state. The dry sunny conditions also promoted warmer than normal day temperatures - see below.

The average maximum temperature of 19.1C was the highest for the month of September since 2013 (19.3C).

The average maximum temperature of 15.3C was the highest for the month of August since 2009 16.2C).


WARMEST JULY DAY FOR 7 YEARS - 30th July - The maximum temperature of 17.9C was the highest for July since 19th July 2016 when it reached 18.7C which was also the highest on record for July.


Guyra Weather News 2022


 1,086.6 mm, 210 mm or 24 per cent higher than the average. Rainfall was above average in eight months of the year with 2022 being the third consecutive year with well above average rainfall. (2020: 978 mm, 2021: 1200 mm)

COOLEST DECEMBER FOR 11 YEARS - It was unusually cool for the first month of summer. Maximum temperatures averaged 21.0C , lowest since 2011 (19.1C). The average minimum of 7.0C was the lowest on record for December. Previous lowest was 7.3C in *1924.
(*From 88 years of records. Note there are some gaps in the temperature database prior to 1981.)

COLDEST DECEMBER DAY FOR 11 YEARS - 1st December - It was an overcast drizzly day with cool easterly winds which restricted the maximum temperature to just 10.9C. This is 11 degrees lower than the average, and was Guyra’s coolest December day since 6th December 2003 (10.7C).

- The maximum temperature of 9.4C on the 3rd was the lowest for the month of November since 16th November 2006 (8.2C), and the minimum of -1.5C on the 3rd was the lowest for November since 17th November 2006 (-2.6C). The unseasonally cold conditions were caused by cold air following a front and trough which passed through eastern New South Wales on the 1st and 2nd.

LATE WINTER SNOW -23rd August - A fast moving severe cold front passed through the Northern Tablelands bringing strong winds, showers, low temperatures, and snow to the higher areas in the evening. In Guyra a ten minute shower of hail at around 6pm was followed by moderate to heavy snow showers from around 7pm to 8pm easing to intermittent light snow showers for the remainder of the evening. Snow settled on the ground to a depth of 4 to 6 cms, and was still on the ground the following morning, melting later in the day. Temperatures hovered around zero to -1C from 7pm during the snowfalls.

FIRST SNOWFALLS OF THE YEAR -13th July - Light snow fell from around 11.30am for about 20 minutes but did not settle on the ground. Light showers of sago snow then occurred intermittently until around 5pm. Maximum temperature was 5.1C, but dropped to 1.0C at 11.45am during the morning snowfall. Cold south-westerly winds combined with upper level cold air following the passage of a cold front and trough caused the snowy conditions.

- With numerous cloudy days and higher than normal rainfall, February 2022 was the coolest February since 1988. Maximum temperatures averaged just 20.3C for the month and temperatures reached 25.0C or higher on only two days.


Guyra Weather News 2021


The rainfall total for 2021 of 1,199.6 mm was 325 mm or 37 per cent higher than the average, and was Guyra’s wettest year since 1950 (1257 mm). Above average rainfall was recorded in seven months of the year with November being the wettest at 185 mm.

November was an unusually wet and cloudy month. The average maximum temperature of 18.7C was the lowest for the month of November since 2001 (18.5C). The lowest daily maximum of 12.0C on the 13th was the coolest for November since 23rd November 2008 (11.8C).

SNOW AND HAIL-21st September
- Very cold air following a severe cold front which moved through north-east New South Wales late on the 20th produced showers of snow and hail on the higher areas of the Northern Tablelands. In Guyra there were a several light snow showers during the morning after 9am with a heavier snow shower at around 2pm which briefly settled on the ground. At 4pm there was a heavy shower of small hail (sometimes referred to as sago snow) which lasted for about ten minutes with 80 per cent of the ground whitened. Maximum temp: 6.5C, rain to 9am on 22nd: 0.4 mm, maximum wind gust: 55 km/hr at 12.45pm.

RAIN, SNOW, HAIL-24th August
- A severe cold front passed through north-eastern New South Wales in the early hours bringing moderate falls of rain to the Northern Tablelands and snow in elevated areas. In Guyra rain in the early morning turned to snow at around 7am, but only settled briefly on the ground. A moderate snow shower at around 11am, lasting about 30 minutes, also settled briefly before melting. During the afternoon there were a number of brief light snow showers, and also small hail (often referred to as sago snow or sleet). The maximum temperature was 4.4C at 9.50am, but strong winds throughout the day gusting to 60 km per hour kept the wind chill temperature well below zero degrees. Rainfall: 33.8 mm for the 4 hours to 9am with a further 6.0 mm falling during the day.
Further light showers of snow fell in the early morning of the 25th.

SNOW EVENT 20th-21st July -
A cold front with associated upper level cold air moved through the Northern Tablelands bringing snow to areas around Walcha and to the Guyra-Black Mountain-Ben Lomond area. In Guyra snow showers commenced at around 10pm on the 20th with snow settling on the ground. Further snow showers occurred through the night and morning of the 21st. At 6am snow was about 4 cms deep on the ground but gradually melted later in the morning. Very light snow continued until around 12 noon.

SNOW EVENT 9th-10th June
- Low temperatures, strong winds and showers of rain and snow occurred on the Northern Tablelands after a cold front passed through the region late on the 8th. A low pressure system associated with the front developed over southern New South Wales on the 9th which generated cold west to north-westerly winds over the north of the state. This surface system combined with upper level cold air caused snow to fall over the higher areas of the tablelands including Guyra, Black Mountain and Glen Innes on the 9th and 10th.
In Guyra:
Wed 9th - light flurries during the day, heavier in the evening with snow settling on the ground to a depth of about 4cm. Max temp: 4.4C.
Thurs 10th - light snow showers during the day but not settling. Heavier snow in the evening between 9pm and around midnight with snow settling to a depth of 8 to 9 cms. Max temp: 2.5C
Fri 11th - rain and higher temperatures in the early hours of the morning caused the snow to melt.

Guyra Weather News Archive


Weather news from previous years here.

Yearly Statistics Tables

   1982  1983  1984  1985  1986  1987  1988  1989

   1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999

   2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009

   2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  2018  2019

   2020  2021  2022 

Snow Dates

on which it has snowed in Guyra since 1982, including light non-settling falls.
Annual average 4.6 snow days.

1982:  5 days:  21/6,  22/6,  19/7,  20/7,  30/9
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
2017:  0 days
2018:  2 days:  18/6,  7/7
2019:  4 days:   4/6,  10/8,  11/8,  9/9
2020:  4 days:   2/6,  22/6,  13/7,  9/8
2021:  9 days:   9/6,  10/6,  11/6,  20/7,  21/7,  24/8,  25/8,  14/9,  21/9
2022:  2 days:   13/7,  23/8
2023:  0 days

Details of Guyra Snowfalls since 2006

Gallery of Northern Tablelands snow photographs 1984 to 2015

The January 1939 Heatwave
During the middle of January 1939 a severe heatwave affected south-east Australia with record high temperatures recorded in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide as well as a number of towns in northern New South Wales.
The following maximum temperatures were recorded in Guyra:
January 10th: 33.9C,  11th: 34.4C,  12th: 33.9C,  13th: 35.0C,  14th: 35.6C,  15th: 37.8C,  16th: 35.6C, 17th: 33.3C.
The maximum of 37.8C on the 15th is the highest on record for Guyra.
On the same day nearby Armidale also recorded its highest temperature on record of 39.7C.


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