Snow adds to Gungahlin's mixed bag of October weather.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during October were generally cooler and wetter than normal, but it was the early morning snow flurries on October 16 that will be remembered most.

Nights were cool, with an average minimum of 7.1°C; up slightly on the average of 6.6°C recorded last October.  Gungahlin’s longer term October average is 6.7°C.  The warmest night for the month occurred on October 13, when the temperature was a mild 12.2°C, while on October 16, it dropped to a cold 0.9°C.

Days were mild and cloudy, with an average maximum of 18.5°C; up slightly on last October’s average of 18.1°C, but well down on Gungahlin’s longer term October average of 19.8°C.  The highest temperature for the month was a warm 23.9°C, recorded on October 6, while on October 16, Gungahlin residents woke to snow flurries, as a vigorous cold front passed the region.  The wind and snow combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 8.2°C.

Gungahlin received 4 frosts during October and there was 1 fog.  This compares to the 2 frosts and 1 fog recorded in Gungahlin during October 2009.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 2.6 km/h during October, with the strongest gust for the month 54.7 km/h from the N/NW, recorded on October 15.

As predicted, heavy rain continued across the region during October, with Gungahlin recording 69.8mm during the month, over 12 days.  This compares to Gungahlin’s longer term October average of 52.4mm.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were even more impressive, with Canberra AP recording 94.4mm for the month, Monash 140.6mm and Tuggeranong 151.6mm.  Gungahlin’s total rainfall so far in 2010 now stands at 468.4mm, well above the 309.0mm that fell over the same period last year.

Gungahlin's November outlook:  The current cooler, wetter weather pattern is set to continue in Gungahlin during November.  Overall, daytime temperatures will average at around 22°C, and nights at 9°C.  This compares to Gungahlin’s longer term November average of 9.7°C to 23.8°C.  Rainfall prospects continue to look positive, with above average falls likely till the end of the year.  With this in mind, Gungahlin should receive 70mm of rain during November, up on the longer term average of 65.0mm.

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