Wettest start to a year since 1999.

Gungahlin recorded a pleasant start to the New Year (2004), with weather conditions during January generally warm and cloudy, with slightly higher temperatures and a little more rain than normal.

Nights were mild, with an average minimum of 13.7 degrees, up slightly on last January’s average of 13.5 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on January 5, when the temperature was a warm 18.6 degrees, while on January 31 it dropped to a cooler 8.2 degrees.

Days were generally very warm and cloudy, with an average maximum of 28.6 degrees, down on last January’s average of 29.6 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a hot 37.6 degrees, recorded on January 3, while on January 8, cloudy skies and fresh westerly winds combined to keep Gungahlin’s maximum to a cool 17.8 degrees.  The temperature in Gungahlin reached 30 degrees or above on 12 days during the month.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 5.3 km/h during January, with the strongest gust for the month 51.5 km/h from the N, recorded on January 17.

Gungahlin received a welcome 42.7mm of rain during January, making it the wettest start to a year since 1999 when 110.4mm was recorded.  Rain fell on 12 days during the month, with January 16 the wettest day, recording 15.0mm.

Gungahlin’s February Outlook: Current indications are for a warm, cloudy February with temperatures close to, or slightly below, the longer term average.  Days should average at around 27 degrees and nights at 12 degrees.  Rainfall is set to be above normal, with a monthly total of 70mm likely.

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