A hot, wet start to 2008.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin to start the New Year were warmer, wetter and more humid than normal. 

Nights were mild to warm, with an average minimum of 14.6 degrees; well up on Gungahlinís longer term January average of 13.9 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on January 12, when the temperature was a sticky 19.0 degrees, while on January 23, it dropped to a cooler 9.2 degrees.

Days were generally very warm to hot and cloudy, with an average maximum of 29.3; well down on last Januaryís 30.7 degrees, but still a little above Gungahlinís longer term January average of 29.0 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a scorching 36.6 degrees on January 2, while on January 19, overcast skies and steady rain combined to keep Gungahlinís maximum temperature to just 18.8 degrees. 

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at just 2.0 km/h during January, with the strongest gust for the month 45.1 km/h from the N/NW, recorded on January 20.

Continuing the welcome trend of the past couple of months, Gungahlin recorded above average rainfall during January, with 67.1mm of rain falling at the Weather Centre, over 8 days.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were also pleasing, with 46.8mm recorded at Canberra AP and 47.8mm at Tuggeranong.

Gungahlin's February Outlook:  Current indications are for a continuation of warm, humid and wetter than normal weather conditions across Gungahlin during February.  Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 28 degrees, and nights at 13 degrees.  On the rainfall front, low pressure troughs and passing thunderstorms look set to produce above average rainfall across the region, with Gungahlin likely to receive at least 60mm of rain in February, above the longer term average of 51mm.

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