Records tumble during Gungahlin's warmest ever June.
Weather conditions across Gungahlin during June were rather mild and dry. In fact, it was the warmest June in Gungahlin since records began back in 1999.
Nights were cool, with an average minimum of 4.9 degrees; well above Gungahlinís longer term June average of 2.0 degrees. The warmest night for the month occurred on June 3, when the temperature was a very mild 10.6 degrees (a new record warm June minimum), while on June 28 it dropped to a colder minus 0.3 degrees.
Days were generally mild and cloudy, with an average maximum of 13.2 degrees; well above the average of 10.9 degrees recorded in June 2007. The highest temperature for the month was a warm 16.8 degrees, recorded on June 6. In contrast, cloudy skies and gusty NW winds combined to keep Gungahlinís maximum temperature on June 13 to just 9.7 degrees.
Due to the milder night time temperatures, Gungahlin recorded just 6 frosts during June (12 frosts last June), and there were 5 fogs (3 fogs last June).
Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at
3.3 km/h during June, with the strongest gust for the month 53.1 km/h from the
S, recorded on June 26.
Despite the predictions of a wet winter, rainfall totals recorded during June were well below average. In fact, Gungahlin received just 29.2mm of rain for the month, over 9 days. This compared to the 74.4mm which fell last June and Gungahlinís longer term June average of almost 60mm. Falls in other parts of Canberra were also light, with 21.2mm recorded at Canberra AP and 29.4mm at Tuggeranong. Gungahlinís total rainfall for 2008 now stands at 189.2mm, well down on the 233.7mm which fell over the same period last year.
Gungahlin's July Outlook: Despite the very mild start to winter, current indications are for a return to more winter like conditions during July. Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 11 degrees, and nights at 1 degree. Rainfall prospects continue to look a little mixed, but with an increase in cold fronts and a return to a more typical barometric pressure regime, July should see some welcome falls. Gungahlin is likely to receive at least its longer term July average of 40mm.
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