Gungahlin records a warm, dry March in 2018.
Weather conditions across Gungahlin during March were a close to normal, but rainfall was scarce.
Nights were cool to mild, with an average minimum of 10.6°C; well down on the average of 12.9°C recorded last March. Gungahlin’s longer term March average minimum is 11.4°C. The warmest night for the month occurred on March 5, when the temperature was a mild 13.9°C, while on March 27 it dropped to a cold 1.2°C. This was the lowest March temperature recorded at the Gungahlin Weather Centre. The previous record was 3.0°C on 30 March 1999.
Days were generally warm and clear, with an average maximum of 25.6°C; up slightly on last years average of 25.3°C, and above Gungahlin’s longer term March average of 24.9°C. The highest temperature for the month was a hot 31.7°C, recorded on March 18, while on March 26, cloudy skies and gusty N winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to a cool 15.9°C.
Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 1.4km/h during March, with the strongest gust for the month 48.3km/h from the N, recorded on March 18.
Gungahlin recorded 1 frost and no fogs during March. In contrast, there were 2 fogs and no frosts recorded in March 2018.
Gungahlin recorded just 9.0mm of rain during March 2018, over 3 days. This compares to the impressive 104.4mm that fell in Gungahlin last March. Gungahlin’s longer term March average is 41.0mm. Falls in other parts of Canberra were also well below average, with Canberra AP recording 7.2mm for the month, Tuggeranong and Monash just 1.4mm and Melba 6.7mm.