November 2004 was 'average'

Despite a spell of hot weather late in the month, weather conditions across Gungahlin and North Canberra during November were, in the main, as expected for this time of the year.

Nights were cool to mild, with an average minimum of 8.9 degrees (8.7 degrees last November).  The warmest night for the month occurred on November 30, when the temperature was a warm 17.5 degrees, while on November 4 it dropped to a cooler 2.8 degrees.

Days were warm and mostly cloudy, with an average maximum of 22.7 degrees, down slightly on last Novemberís average of 23.7 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a scorching 36.2 degrees, recorded on November 30, while on November 3, cloudy skies and cool, gusty NW winds combined to keep Gungahlinís maximum to just 14.3 degrees.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 6.0 km/h during November, with the strongest gust for the month 66.0 km/h from the N/NW, recorded on November 11.

After the good rainfalls of last month, Gungahlin received another welcome drenching during November, with 71.4mm of rain falling over 10 days.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were even more impressive, with 87mm recorded at Canberra AP, 81mm at Tuggeranong and 92 mm at Tidbinbilla.  Gungahlinís total rainfall so far in 2004 now stands at 383.4mm, well down on the 456.4mm that fell over the same period in 2003.

Gungahlinís December Outlook: Current indications are for a warmer than normal December across Gungahlin.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 28 degrees and nights at 12 degrees.  Unfortunately, rainfall prospects look a little grim, with the prolonged dry spell towards the end of November likely to continue well into December.  Rainfall totals will struggle to reach the longer time December average of 45mm.

The Gungahlin Weather Centre wishes all Chronicle readers a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy (and hopefully wetter) 2005.

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