Gungahlin records a dry, sunny April 2010.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during April were warmer, sunnier and drier than normal. 

Nights were cool to mild, with an average minimum of 8.0°C.  This compares to Gungahlin’s longer term April average of 7.3°C.  The warmest night for the month occurred on April 24, when the temperature was a mild 13.3°C, while on April 13, it dropped to a frosty 0.6°C.

Days were generally mild to warm and sunny, with an average maximum of 20.8°C; up on last years average of 19.1°C.  The highest temperature for the month was a warm 25.4°C, recorded on April 17, while on April 27, cloudy skies and gusty N winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 14.4°C. 

Gungahlin recorded its first frost of the year on April 13 but, due to the milder than average overnight temperatures, this was the only one for the month.  Proving winter isn’t too far away, Gungahlin received 3 fogs during April.  There were no fogs recorded during April 2009. 

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 2.6 km/h during April, with the strongest gust for the month 51.5 km/h from the NW, recorded on April 11.

After a couple of months of above average rainfall, dry conditions returned to the region during April.  Gungahlin recorded just 19.2mm of rain for the month, over 7 days.  This was well down on Gungahlin’s longer term April average of 28.2mm.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were also light, with Canberra AP recording 20.0mm for the month, Tuggeranong 21.4mm, Monash 19.4mm and Belconnen 32.6mm.  Gungahlin’s total rainfall so far in 2010 now stands at 180.2mm, well above the 126.8mm that fell over the same period last year.

Gungahlin's May outlook:  Slightly milder, wetter weather conditions look likely for Gungahlin during May.  Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 16.5°C, and nights at 4.5°C.  This compares to Gungahlin’s longer term May average of 3.8°C to 16.0°C.  Rainfall prospects for the month ahead look a little grim.  May is traditionally the driest month of the year in Gungahlin, with the average rainfall for the last 11 years only 22.8mm.  May also holds the record of the only ‘dry’ month recorded in Gungahlin – not a drop of rain fell during May 2005.  With this in mind, its unlikely Gungahlin will receive any more than 30mm of rain for the month.

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