Gungahlin and North Canberra recorded just about all types of weather during July, with heavy frosts, thick fogs, strong winds, sunshine and even some snow.
Nights were cold, with an average minimum of 0.6 degrees, down slightly on last Julyís average of 0.8 degrees. The warmest night for the month occurred on July 25, when the temperature was a mild 7.1 degrees, while on July 21 it dropped to a freezing -6.2 degrees. In all, the temperature in Gungahlin dropped to 0 degrees or below on 16 mornings during the month.
Days were generally cold and cloudy, with an average maximum of 10.5 degrees, a little cooler than last Julyís average of 11.0 degrees. The highest temperature for the month was a mild 15.2 degrees, recorded on July 10, while on July 17, a vigorous cold change brought gusty southerly winds, cloudy skies and even brief snow to Gungahlin. These conditions combined to keep Gungahlinís maximum to just 4.6 degrees. In fact, the temperature in Gungahlin failed to reach double figures on 14 days during the month.
Gardeners may be interested to learn Gungahlin recorded 21 frosts during the month, and there were 4 fogs.
Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 6.3 km/h during July, with the strongest gust for the month 53.1 km/h from the North, recorded on July 5.
Rainfall was again very disappointing, with just 14.7mm of rain falling at the Weather Centre over 13 days. This brings the 2004 total to 126.6mm, well below the 223.4mm which fell over the same period in 2003.
Gungahlinís August Outlook: Current indications are for a continuation of slightly cooler than normal winter weather during August, with days averaging at around 12 degrees and nights at 1 degree. Rainfall is again looking like staying below the longer term August average (68.8mm), but decent falls are likely towards the end of the month.
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