Gungahlin records its wettest November on record.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during November were slightly warmer and much wetter than normal.  In fact, Gungahlin recorded its wettest November since the Gungahlin Weather Centre opened in 1997.

Nights were cool to mild, with an average minimum of 10.3°C; up slightly on last Novembers average of 9.8°C.  Gungahlin’s longer term November average is 9.8°C.  The warmest night for the month occurred on November 7, when the temperature was a warm 15.4°C, while on November 21, it dropped to a cool 6.0°C.

Days were generally warm and cloudy, with an average maximum of 23.9°C; well up on last years average of 21.4°C, but close to Gungahlin’s longer term November average of 23.8°C.  The highest temperature for the month was a hot 31.1°C, recorded on November 19, while on November 25, overcast skies and continuous rain, combined to keep Gungahlin’s maximum temperature to just 14.3°C.

Gungahlin recorded no frost during November but, on November 21, Gungahlin residents awoke to a fairly unseasonal thick fog.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.1 km/h during November, with the strongest gust for the month 51.5 km/h from the W, recorded on November 29.

The recent spell of dry weather came to an abrupt end in November, with Gungahlin receiving a record 133.2mm of rain for the month, over 11 days.  This compared to the 111.8mm that fell last November, and is well above Gungahlin’s longer term November average of 68.6mm.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were also impressive, with Canberra AP recording 116.4mm for the month, Tuggeranong 190.2mm, Monash 180.6mm and Melba 162.9mm.  Gungahlin’s total rainfall so far in 2011 now stands at 480.4mm, well down on the 580.2mm that fell over the same period last year.

Gungahlin's December outlook:  Warmer and wetter weather conditions look set to dominate the first month of summer across Gungahlin.  Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 27°C, and nights at 13°C.  This compares to Gungahlin’s longer term December average of 11.8°C to 26.4°C.  Rainfall prospects for the month ahead continue to look promising, with Gungahlin likely to receive at least 70mm of rain during December, up on longer term average of 57.6mm.

The Gungahlin Weather Centre would like to wish all ‘Gungahlin Weather Centre' visitors a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy New Year.  If you’re traveling, remember to take the weather with you!

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