Rain, snow and records fall during Gungahlin's mixed July 2016.
Weather conditions across Gungahlin during July were close to average, but rainfall was well above normal.
Nights were cold, with an average minimum of 3.3°C; considerably milder than the average of 0.5°C recorded last July, and well above Gungahlin’s longer term July average of 1.2°C. The warmest night for the month occurred on July 19, when the temperature was a very mild 11.6°C. This is the warmest July night recorded at the Weather Centre and beats the previous record of 9.5°C, recorded on 30 July 2014. In contrast, on July 3, it dropped to a frosty -2.8°C.
Days were generally cold and cloudy, with an average maximum of 11.2°C, well above the average of 9.7°C recorded last year, but close to Gungahlin’s longer term July average of 11.0°C. The highest temperature for the month was 15.7°C, recorded on July 19, while on July 13, early morning snow flurries and cold, gusting NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 5.7°C. The snowfall, which was Gungahlin's first in July for 12 years, started around 5am and by dawn there was a light dusting (approximately 1cm) on garden beds, decks, roofs and cars across the Gungahlin suburbs.
Gungahlin received 12 frosts during July and there were 4 fogs. This compares to the 24 frosts and 3 fogs recorded in Gungahlin during July 2015.
Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.9km/h during July, with the strongest gust for the month 51.5km/h from the NW, recorded on July 23.
After record breaking rainfall in Gungahlin last month (which saw 135.0mm fall), July was also very wet, with Gungahlin recording 100.2mm of rain for the month, over 21 days. This beat the previous record for July of 93.0mm back in 1998. The 2016 total compares to the 42.2mm that fell last year and Gungahlin’s longer term July average of 41.1mm. Falls in other parts of Canberra were generally lighter, with Canberra AP recording 71.0mm for the month, Tuggeranong 64.4mm, Monash 60.8mm and Melba 104.3mm. Gungahlin's 2016 rainfall total now stands at 480.4mm, well above the 308.4mm that fell over the same period in 2015.