A cool, wet end to Gungahlin's hot summer.
Report posted: 2 March 2014.
Weather conditions across Gungahlin during February were hot. In fact, the Gungahlin Weather Centre recorded its hottest February temperature since records began in 1998, when the maximum reached 40.4°C on February 2.
Despite the record breaking heat in both January and February, the mean summer temperature was 21.3°C, making it only the 3rd hottest summer recorded at the Weather Centre. The hottest summer was 2005/6, with a mean temperature of 21.9°C.
Nights were mild, with an average minimum of 13.5°C; slightly warmer than last years average of 13.4°C. Gungahlin’s longer term February average minimum temperature is 13.7°C. The warmest night for the month occurred on February 2, when the minimum was a muggy 17.8°C, while on February 21 it dropped to a cool 7.6°C.
Days were generally very warm to hot and cloudy, with an average maximum of 29.0°C; well above last year’s average of 27.2°C. Gungahlin’s longer term February average is 27.5°C. The highest temperature for the month was a record breaking 40.4°C, recorded on February 2. In contrast, Gungahlin’s coolest February 2014 maximum temperature was just 17.1°C, recorded on the last day of summer (February 28).
Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 1.8 km/h during February, with the strongest gust for the month 48.3 km/h from the W, recorded on February 15.
After a terribly dry January, Gungahlin received a welcome 66.4mm of rain during February, over 7 days. Much of this total coming during the heavy storms that lashed the region on February 19. The storms, which were heavier in Canberra’s south, caused flash flooding, leaking roofs and resulted in over 500 calls to the ACT Emergency Services. Tuggeranong received a whopping 80mm in just a couple of hours.
Total falls throughout Canberra during February were impressive, with Canberra AP recording 83.6mm for the month, Tuggeranong 150.8mm, Monash 148.8mm and Melba 94.8mm.
Gungahlin’s total rainfall for 2014 now stands at 75.8mm, well down on the 115.0mm that fell over the corresponding period last year.
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