Gungahlin records a hot, dry start to 2010.
Weather conditions across Gungahlin during January were warmer and considerably drier than normal.
Nights were mild to warm, with an average minimum of 14.8°C; up on the average of 13.6°C recorded last January and well above Gungahlin’s longer term January average of 13.9°C. The warmest night for the month occurred on January 12, when the temperature was a muggy 19.7°C, while on January 19, Gungahlin recorded its coolest January morning since the Weather Centre opened in 1999, with a low of 4.6°C.
Days were generally hot and cloudy, with an average maximum of 31.0°C; down slightly on last years average of 31.3°C, but above Gungahlin’s longer term January average of 29.4°C. The highest temperature for the month was a scorching 38.2°C, recorded on January 12, while on January 18, cloudy skies and gusty NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 18.1°C.
Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.1 km/h during January, with the strongest gust for the month 46.7 km/h from the NW, recorded on January 20.
Following on from Gungahlin’s second driest year on record last year, rainfall during January was light and well below average. Gungahlin recorded just 6.0mm of rain for the month, over 4 days. This compares to the 54.4mm that fell last year, and Gungahlin’s longer term January average of 39.7mm. Falls in other parts of Canberra were also well below normal, with Canberra AP recording only 7.4mm for the month and Tuggeranong just 6.6mm.
Gungahlin's February outlook: Warmer and drier than normal weather conditions look set to continue across Gungahlin during February. Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 29°C, and nights at 14°C. This compares to Gungahlin’s longer term February average of 13.7°C to 27.9°C. Rainfall prospects for the month look a little grim, with Gungahlin unlikely to receive its longer term February average of 45.8mm.
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