A hot, dry start to 2007.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin to start the New Year were hotter, drier and more hazy than normal.

Nights were mild, with an average minimum of 13.7 degrees; well down on the 15.9 degrees recorded last January.  The warmest night for the month occurred on January 17, when the temperature was a muggy 19.3 degrees, while on January 28, it dropped to a cool 8.0 degrees.

Days were generally hot and sunny, with an average maximum of 30.7 degrees; well up on Gungahlinís longer term January average of 29 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a scorching 38.9 degrees, on January 12, while on January 2, cloudy skies and SE winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 21.9 degrees. 

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 4.2 km/h during January, with the strongest gust for the month 48.3 km/h from the NW, recorded on January 7.

Gungahlinís current dry spell continued in January, with just 11.7mm of rain falling over 3 days.  This compares to the 57.4mm that fell during January 2006.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were mixed, with 9.8mm falling at Canberra AP, 40.0mm at Tidbinbilla, and an impressive 60.6mm falling at Tuggeranong.  The bulk of this total fell during a severe thunderstorm that hit Southern Canberra late on New Years Eve.  The storm caused some localised flooding, and closed Lake Tuggeranong for several days due to floating debris. 

Gungahlin's February Outlook:  Current indications are for above average temperatures to continue across Gungahlin well into February.  Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 29 degrees, and nights at 13 degrees.  Rainfall prospects are mixed, with some computer models suggesting wetter weather in the lead up to Autumn, while others indicate a continuation of the current dry spell.  Gungahlinís average rainfall for February is 53mm.

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