Gungahlin records a warm, dry start to 2011.

On the whole, weather conditions across Gungahlin during January were cooler and a little drier than normal.

Nights were mild to warm, with an average minimum of 14.3°C; down slightly on last years average of 14.8°C, but a little above Gungahlin’s longer term January average of 13.9°C.  The warmest night for the month occurred on January 15, when the temperature was a muggy 18.2°C, while on January 7 it dropped to a cooler 10.2°C.

Days were warm to hot and mostly cloudy, with an average maximum of 28.5°C; well down on last years hot average of 31.0°C.  Gungahlin’s longer term January average is 29.4°C.  The highest temperature for the month was a scorching 37.1°C, recorded on Australia Day, while on January 3, cloudy skies and a cool Easterly breeze combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 19.3°C.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at just 1.9 km/h during January, with the strongest gust for the month 40.2 km/h from the W/NW, recorded on January 17.

After its second wettest year on record in 2010, with Gungahlin recording 699.6mm, falls to start the New Year were a little disappointing.  Gungahlin received just 30.8mm of rain for the month, over 10 days.  While this compares favourably to the 6.0mm that fell last January, it’s below Gungahlin’s longer term January average of 39.7mm.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were a little heavier, with Canberra AP recording 54.0mm for the month, Monash 61.6mm and Tuggeranong 70.6mm.

Gungahlin's February outlook:  Slightly cooler, wetter weather conditions are forecast for Gungahlin during February.  Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 27°C, and nights at 13°C.  This compares to Gungahlin’s longer term February average of 13.8°C to 27.8°C.  Rainfall prospects for the month ahead look positive and, although we’re unlikely to repeat February 2010’s massive 104.2mm total, Gungahlin looks set to receive around 55mm for the month.  Gungahlin’s longer term February rainfall average is 50.3mm.

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