July 2007 in Gungahlin was slightly warmer, windier and drier than normal.
Weather conditions across Gungahlin during July were mixed, with nights warmer and days colder than average. It was also cloudier and drier than normal, but a rare winter thunderstorm on July 27 produced widespread hail across the Gungahlin suburbs.
Nights were cold, with an average minimum of 1.3 degrees; down on last Julyís average of 1.9 degrees. The warmest night for the month occurred on July 27, when the temperature was a mild 7.4 degrees, while on July 14, it dropped to a frosty minus 3.2 degrees.
Days were cold and generally cloudy, with an average maximum of 9.9 degrees; down on last yearís average of 10.9 degrees. In fact, it was the coldest average maximum recorded during a July in Gungahlin since records began in 1999. The highest temperature for the month was 14.6 degrees on July 26, while on July 17, overcast skies, rain and bitterly cold NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 6.1 degrees.
Despite the generally cloudy conditions, Gungahlin recorded 20 frosts during the month (17 frosts last July), and there were 7 fogs (5 fogs last July).
Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 5.4 km/h during July, with the strongest gust for the month 54.7 km/h from the W/NW, recorded on July 4.
Despite the often gloomy winter skies, Gungahlin recorded just 24.6mm of rain during July, over 13 days. Falls in other parts of Canberra were also generally below average, with 19.8mm recorded at Canberra AP, 26.8mm at Tuggeranong and 58.9mm at nearby Tidbinbilla. Gungahlinís total rainfall so far in 2007 stands at 258.2mm, down slightly on the 263.9mm that fell over the same period last year.
Gungahlin's August outlook: Current indications are for the slightly warmer nights and cooler days to continue across Gungahlin well into August. Daytime temperatures should average at around 12 degrees, and nights at 2 degrees. Rainfall prospects for August are not looking fantastic, and it appears unlikely Gungahlin will receive its average August rainfall of 63.4mm.
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