Gungahlin records its coldest April since 1995.

After recording the warmest April on record last year, weather conditions across Gungahlin and North Canberra during April 2006 were much cooler.  In fact, average temperatures were the lowest recorded during an April since 1995. 

Nights were cool to cold, with an average minimum of 5.2 degrees (8.5 degrees last April).  The warmest night for the month occurred on April 12, when the temperature was a mild 12.6 degrees, while on April 22 it dropped to a frosty minus 2.5 degrees.

Days were generally mild and partly cloudy, with an average maximum of 18.3 degrees.  This was well down on the average of 24.2 degrees recorded during April 2005.  The highest temperature for the month was a warm 23.8 degrees, recorded on April 12, while on April 6, cloudy skies and gusty N/NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 10.3 degrees.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 4.8 km/h during April, with the strongest gust for the month 51.5 km/h from the W/NW, recorded on April 5.

Due to the abundance of clear, calm nights, Gungahlin recorded 6 frosts during April (1 frost last April) but, surprisingly, there were no fogs (4 fogs last April).

For the third April in a row rainfall was light and well below the longer term average.  Gungahlin recorded just 10.4mm of rain, over 7 days.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were also well down on average, with 15mm falling at Canberra AP, 28mm at  Tidbinbilla and 14mm at Tuggeranong.  Gungahlin's total rainfall so far in 2006 now stands at 129.6mm, down slightly on the 138.1mm that fell over the same period in 2005.

Gungahlin's May Outlook:  Cooler than normal temperatures, and well above average rainfall look set to dominate weather conditions across Gungahlin during May.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 15 degrees and nights at 3 degrees.  Rainfall prospects are improving, with some long range computer models suggesting much wetter than normal conditions for the next three months.  Letís hope so, as May has been Gungahlin's driest month over the past eight years, with an average of just 25.5mm.

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