February 2004 dry, hot.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during February were drier and much hotter than normal.

Nights were generally mild, with an average minimum of 14.0 degrees, down slightly on last February’s average of 14.7 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on February 21, when the temperature was a hard to sleep through 19.3 degrees, while on February 27 it dropped to a cooler 8.2 degrees.

Days were very warm to hot with an average maximum of 30.2 degrees, well up on last February’s average of 27.9 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a scorching 37.7 degrees, recorded on February 14 (Valentines Day), while on February 24, overcast skies and cool NE winds kept Gungahlin’s maximum to just 15.8 degrees.  The temperature in Gungahlin reached 30 degrees or above on 17 days during the month, including 12 days in a row from February 10 to 21.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 4.1 km/h during February, with the strongest gust for the month 54.7 km/h from the NW, recorded on February 8.

Rainfall for the month was a little disappointing, with Gungahlin receiving just 29.2mm of rain over 7 days.  This brings Gungahlin’s total so far in 2004 to 71.9mm, up slightly on the 67.8mm that fell over the same period in 2003.

Gungahlin’s March Outlook: Current indications are for a warm, sunny March with temperatures likely to be slightly above the longer term average, especially during the day.  Days should average at around 25 degrees and nights at 10 degrees.  Despite the poor February rainfall, March is set to be much wetter, with falls exceeding the longer term average of 39mm.

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