March 2005 was cooler, but dry.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin and North Canberra during March were a little cooler and drier than normal.

Nights were generally cool to mild, with an average minimum of 9.9 degrees, well down on last Marchís average of 11.5 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on March 2, when the temperature was a mild 15.3 degrees, while on March 6 it dropped to a cold 3.6 degrees.

Days were warm, with an average maximum of 23.9 degrees, again well down on last Marchís average 26.8 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a hot 32.6 degrees, recorded on March 13, while on March 17, overcast skies and steady rain combined to keep Gungahlinís maximum temperature to a cool 16.3 degrees.  In all, the temperature reached 30 degrees or more in Gungahlin on 6 days during the month.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.1 km/h during March, with the strongest gust for the month 51.5 km/h from the NNW, recorded on March 5.

After a reasonably positive start to the year on the rainfall front, Gungahlin received a rather disappointing 31.8mm of rain during March.  Falls in other parts of Canberra was also below average, with 41mm falling at Canberra AP, 35mm at Tidbinbilla and just 25mm at Tuggeranong.  Gungahlinís total rainfall so far in 2005 now stands at 133.3mm, up on the 77.5mm that fell over the same period in 2004.

Gungahlinís April Outlook: Current indications are for a cooler and wetter than average April.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 20 degrees and nights at 7 degrees.  Given the recent dramatic changes in the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) rainfall prospects are good.  Soaking rains towards the middle and latter part of the month should finally see cumulative totals approaching the 100mm mark.

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