A warm, dry April 2002.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during April were rather warm and dry, with both day and night temperatures well above average.

Nights were unseasonably mild, with an average minimum of 8.8°C (6.5°C last year).   The warmest night occurred on April 14 when the temperature was 13°C, while on April 28 it dropped to a cold 3°C.

Days were predominantly mild and clear, with an average maximum of 22.2°C, well up on last year's average of 21.5°C.   The highest temperature was 27°C, recorded on April 12, while on April 14, Gungahlin's maximum reached just 15°C.

Gungahlin received 3 fogs during the month, including a real 'pea-souper' on April 11 but, given the mild night time conditions, we recorded no frosts.

Winds averaged at 2.2 km/h during the April, making it the calmest month so far this year.  The strongest gust recorded was a 30.6 km/h northerly on April 3.

Rainfall was, for the second April running, well down on normal.  The total for the month was just 12.0mm (5.2mm in 2001) with rain falling on 9 days. Totals around the local area were also fairly light, with the Airport receiving 21.2mm for the month and Holt just 7.6mm.

Gungahlin's May Outlook:   Current indications are for a continuation of the unseasonably dry and warm weather well into May.  Daytime temperatures should average at 16°C, but nights will become quite cold and average at 3°C.  

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© Gungahlin Weather Centre - 2002.