January 2002 near average!

Dry, warm and mainly cloudy weather conditions prevailed across Gungahlin during January, with temperatures close to average.

Nights were mild to warm, with an average minimum of 13.1°C (14.4°C last year).  The warmest night occurred on January 29 when the temperature was a hard-to-sleep-through 19°C, while on January 4 it dropped to 7°C.

Days were generally warm and cloudy.   The average maximum during the month was 28.0°C, much cooler than last year's average of 31.2°C.   The highest temperature was 34°C, recorded on January 6, while on January 16 Gungahlin's maximum reached just 22°C.

Gungahlin received no fogs or frosts during January, but due to nearby fires during the early part of the month, there were four days of smoke haze - a fairly unusual event.

Owing to an expansion of equipment at the Weather Centre, we can report that winds averaged 4.6 km/h during the month, with the strongest gust being a 38.6km/h easterly on January 27.   The month's dominant wind direction was from the east-north east.

The drought-like conditions of last year continued into January, with just 12.2mm falling in Gungahlin (40.4mm last year).   Rain was recorded at the Weather Centre on five days during the month.

Outlook:   Low-pressure troughs established themselves along the NSW coast during the first part of February and, combined with moist onshore easterly winds, produced some much-needed rain across the region.   Up until 10pm on February 10, the Weather Centre had recorded 117.4mm of rain (already more than double the monthly average of 53.6mm) and there is more to come.   Current indications are for cool, showery weather to dominate for the remainder of the month.   Daytime temperature will slowly increase but, on the whole, will remain well below the summer average of 27°C.

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