April 2004 was warmer, drier than normal.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin and North Canberra during April were dominated by cloudy skies, above average temperatures and little to no rain.

Nights were cool, with an average minimum of 8.5 degrees, up a little on last Aprilís average of 7.8 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on April 4, when the temperature was a mild 13.4 degrees, while on April 26, Gungahlin recorded its first frost the year when the temperature dropped to a cold 1.6 degrees.

Days were generally warm and cloudy, with an average maximum of 21.9 degrees, much warmer than last Aprilís average of 19.7 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a very warm 29.8 degrees, recorded on April 15, while on April 24, overcast skies and strong, cold NW winds combined to keep Gungahlinís maximum temperature to a cold 10.5 degrees.

Proving winter isnít too far away, Gungahlin recorded two fogs during April and there was one frost.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.8 km/h during April, with the strongest gust for the month 54.7 km/h from the N/NW, recorded on April 24.

The recent spell of very dry weather continued during April, with Gungahlin receiving just 3.6mm of rain over 2 days.  In fact, it was the driest April in Gungahlin since records began at the Weather Centre back in 1998.  Gungahlinís April rain brings the total so far in 2004 to just 81.1mm, well below the 115mm that fell over the same period in 2003.

Gungahlinís May Outlook: Current indications are for slightly cooler than average weather conditions during May, with temperatures set to be below the longer term average for much of the month.  Days should average at around 14 degrees and nights at 3 degrees.  Despite the poorer than expected April rainfall, May should see a return to slightly wetter conditions with falls likely to exceed Gungahlinís longer term May average of 33mm.

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