Gungahlin records its lowest temperature during a colder, drier than normal July in 2017.
Weather conditions across Gungahlin during July were colder and drier than normal.
Nights were cold, with an average minimum of 0.4°C; considerably colder than the average of 3.3°C recorded last July, and below Gungahlin’s longer term July average of 1.1°C. The warmest night for the month occurred on July 30, when the temperature was a mild 5.9°C, while on July 2, it dropped to a freezing -7.1°C. This is the coldest temperature recorded at the Gungahlin Weather Centre, beating the previous record low of -6.6°C, recorded on 2 August 2003.
Days were generally cold and cloudy, with an average maximum of 10.7°C, below the average of 11.2°C recorded last year. Gungahlin’s longer term July average is 11.0°C. The highest temperature for the month was 15.3°C, recorded on July 30, while on July 20, cloudy skies and gusty W/NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 7.4°C.
Gungahlin received 19 frosts during July and there were 2 fogs. This compares to the 12 frosts and 4 fogs recorded in Gungahlin during July 2016.
Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 2.3km/h during July, with the strongest gust for the month 38.6 km/h from the W/NW, recorded on July 26.
Continuing on from a very dry June, rainfall during July was below average across much of the region, with Gungahlin recording 26.4mm of rain for the month, over 16 days. This compares to the 100.2mm that fell last year and Gungahlin’s longer term July average of 40.3mm. Falls in other parts of Canberra were similar, with Canberra AP recording just 17.0mm for the month, Tuggeranong 16.4mm, Monash 27.6mm and Melba 22.8mm. Gungahlin's 2017 rainfall total now stands at 268.4mm, well below the 480.4mm that fell over the same period in 2016.