Not a drop of rain was recorded during a mild, sunny May 2005.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin and North Canberra during May were characterised by clear, sunny skies, above average temperatures and literally no rain.

Nights were cool to cold, with an average minimum of 2.5 degrees, down a little on the 3.1 degree average last May.  The warmest night for the month occurred on May 7, when the temperature was a mild 7.4 degrees, while on May 30 it dropped to a frosty minus 2.6 degrees.

Days were generally mild and sunny, with an average maximum of 17.1 degrees, well up the longer term May average of 16 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a warm 22.8 degrees, recorded on May 4, while on May 28, cold and gusty NW winds kept Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 10.4 degrees.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.0 km/h during May, with the strongest gust for the month 48.3 km/h from the NW, recorded on May 28.

Gardeners maybe interested to know that Gungahlin recorded 13 frosts and 3 fogs during May.

The main feature of the weather during May was the total lack of any rain fall, with Gungahlin recording a rain free month for the first time since records began at the Weather Centre back in 1998.  In fact, the last time any rain was recorded in Gungahlin was back on 15 April (some 46 days ago), and at the time of writing, this dry spell looks unlikely to be broken in the short term.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were also poor, with just 1mm falling at Canberra AP, 0.8mm at Tuggeranong and 0mm at Tidbinbilla.  Gungahlin's total rainfall so far in 2005 remains at 138.2mm, up on the 88.5mm that fell over the same period in 2004.

Gungahlin's June Outlook:  Current indications are for slightly above average maximum temperatures to continue in June.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 13.5 degrees and nights at 2 degrees.  Rainfall prospects continue to be mixed, with some computer models still suggesting a much wetter than normal winter period, while others suggest another devastating El Nino event is on its way.  Lets hope itís the former.

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© Gungahlin Weather Centre - 2005.