Gungahlin records a warm, dry April 2007.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during April were generally warm, partly cloudy and dry. 

Nights were cool, with an average minimum of 8.3 degrees; well up on the average of 5.2 degrees recorded during April 2006.  The warmest night for the month occurred on April 4, when the temperature was a mild 12.5 degrees, while on April 26, it dropped to a colder 4.3 degrees.

Days were generally warm and partly cloudy, with an average maximum of 21.7 degrees; up on the 18.3 degrees recorded last April.  The highest temperature for the month was a warm 25.8 degrees, on April 3, while on April 27 cloudy skies and drizzle combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 15.9 degrees.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at just 1.9 km/h during April, with the strongest gust for the month 38.6 km/h from the NW, recorded on April 29.

After some promising signs towards the end of March, Gungahlin recorded just 29.7mm of rain during April, over 6 days.  The majority of this total falling in the final days of the month.  In fact, no rain fell in Gungahlin for the first 21 days of April.  Proving just how dry it has been over the past few years, the 29.7mm recorded made it the wettest April in Gungahlin since 2000.

Falls in other parts of Canberra were similar, with 27.6mm recorded at Canberra AP, 34.0mm at Tuggeranong and 38.2mm at nearby Tidbinbilla.  Gungahlinís total rainfall so far in 2007 stands at 113.3mm, down slightly on the 129.6mm that fell over the same period last year.

Gungahlin's May outlook:  Current indications are for warmer than normal conditions to continue well into May.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 17 degrees, and nights at 4 degrees.  On the rainfall front, following on from the wettest April since 2000, Gungahlin looks set to receive at least 50mm of rain during May, well up on the longer term average of just 24mm.

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