Weather conditions across Gungahlin and North Canberra during April were dominated by clear, sunny skies, well above average temperatures and little to no rain.
Nights were cool to mild, with an average minimum of 8.5 degrees. The warmest night for the month occurred on April 3, when the temperature was a warm 15.8 degrees, while on April 30 it dropped to a frosty minus 1.2 degrees.
Days were generally warm and sunny, with an average maximum of 24.2 degrees, well up the longer term April average of 21 degrees. In fact, April 2005 will be remembered as the warmest ever April record in the ACT. The highest temperature for the month was a very warm 28 degrees, recorded on April 9, while on April 30, gusting NW winds kept Gungahlin's maximum temperature to a cooler 18.1 degrees.
Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 2.8 km/h during April, with the strongest gust for the month 66.0 km/h from the NNW, recorded on April 3.
Despite the well above average temperatures recorded during April, there were some signs late in the month that winter isn't that far away, with Gungahlin recording 4 fogs and 1 frost.
For the second year in a row, rainfall during April was virtually no-existent. Gungahlin recorded just 4.8mm of rain over two days, only slightly better than the 3.6mm that fell over two days during April 2004. Falls in other parts of Canberra were also well down on average, with 6mm falling at Canberra AP, 14mm at Tidbinbilla and 9mm at Tuggeranong. Gungahlin's total rainfall so far in 2005 now stands at 138.2mm, up on the 81.1mm that fell over the same period in 2004.
Gungahlin's May Outlook: Current indications are for above average temperatures to continue well into the first part of May. Daytime temperatures should average at around 17 degrees and nights at 3 degrees. Rainfall prospects are mixed, with some long range computer models suggesting much wetter than normal conditions from May through to August. Lets hope this is the case, as May has been Gungahlin's driest month over the past seven years, with an average of just 30mm.
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