Gungahlin records a cloudy, but dry May 2006.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin and North Canberra during May were dominated by cloudy skies, cool temperatures, and little rain.

Nights were cold, with an average minimum of 3.3 degrees (2.5 degrees last May).  The warmest night for the month occurred on May l, when the temperature was a mild 8.4 degrees, while on May 29 it dropped to a frosty minus 1.7 degrees.

Days were generally cool to mild and cloudy, with an average maximum of 15.0 degrees.  This was well down on the average of 17.1 degrees recorded during May 2005.  The highest temperature for the month was a pleasant 20.2 degrees, recorded on May 16, while on May 8, cloudy skies and gusty NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 9.2 degrees.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.3 km/h during May, with the strongest gust for the month a new May record of 57.9km/h from the NW, recorded on May 3.

Gardeners may be interested to know Gungahlin recorded 13 frosts during May (13 frosts last May) and there were 2 fogs (3 fogs last May).

Despite the promising signs early in the month, rainfall was again very disappointing, with Gungahlin recording just 9.1mm of rain during May, over 4 days.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were just as disappointing, with 10mm falling at Canberra AP, 14mm at Tidbinbilla and 8mm at Tuggeranong.  Gungahlin's total rainfall so far in 2006 now stands at 138.7mm, up slightly on the 138.1mm that fell over the same period in 2005.

Gungahlin's June Outlook:  Current indications are for slightly cooler and wetter weather conditions in Gungahlin during June, although minimum temperatures are likely to be well above normal.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 11.5 degrees and nights at 3 degrees.  Rainfall prospects are actually quite good, with a wetter trend starting in June, and continuing for much of the winter season.

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