Summer fails to sizzle during Gungahlin's cool, wet February.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during February were dominated by cloudy skies, milder temperatures and above average rainfall.

Nights were mild, with an average minimum of 13.8°C; well down on last years average of 14.8°C, but right on Gungahlin’s longer term February average of 13.8°C.  The warmest night for the month occurred on February 4, when the temperature was a humid 19.7°C, while on February 7 it dropped to a cold summer low of just 5.7°C.

Days were warm and mostly cloudy, with an average maximum of 26.4°C; down on last years average of 27.4°C.  Gungahlin’s longer term February average is 27.8°C.  The highest temperature for the month was a hot 36.1°C, recorded on February 1, while on February 6, cloudy skies and gusting NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 18.9°C.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 2.3 km/h during February, with the strongest gust for the month 38.6 km/h from the W/NW, recorded on February 1.

For the second year running, rainfall across the region during February was well above average.  In Gungahlin, 101.0mm of rain fell, over 9 days.  This compares to the 104.2mm that fell last year.  Gungahlin’s longer term February rainfall average is 50.3mm.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were also impressive, with Canberra AP recording 122.2mm for the month, Melba 147.6mm, Monash 178.6mm and Tuggeranong 191.6mm.  Gungahlin’s total rainfall for 2011 now stands at 131.9mm, up slightly on the 110.2mm that fell over the same period last year.

Gungahlin's March outlook:  Current indications are that slightly cooler and wetter than normal weather conditions will continue in Gungahlin during March.  Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 24°C, and nights at 10°C.  This compares to Gungahlin’s longer term March average of 11.4°C to 25.2°C.  March is typically one of the driest months of the year in Gungahlin with an average of just 33.6mm.  Despite this, rainfall prospects for the month ahead are positive, with Gungahlin likely to receive at least 70mm of rain during March 2011.

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