Jack Frost strikes often during cool, dry August 2002.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during the last month of winter for 2002 were dominated by cold, frosty mornings, cool sunny days and little rain.

Nights were rather cold, with an average minimum of 0.1°C, down on last year's average of 0.8°.   The warmest night was on August 11 when the temperature was a mild 7°C, while on August 21 it dropped to -4°C.

Days were cool and predominantly sunny, with an average maximum of 13.8°C, up on last year's average of 13.0°C.    The highest temperature was 19°C, recorded on August 11, while on August 13 Gungahlin's maximum reached just 8°C.

Due to the mainly clear conditions, August mornings were rather frosty.  Gungahlin received 21 frosts during the month, one fewer than the 22 recorded last August, and there were 4 fogs.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.8km/h during the month, with the strongest gust recorded a 49.9km/h Northerly on August 11.

Gungahlin's dry conditions continued during August, with just 22.2mm falling at the Weather Centre over 7 days, well below the 76.3mm that fell during August 2001.  There were no snowfalls.

Gungahlin's September Outlook:  Current indications are for a pleasant start to spring, with temperatures likely to be slightly up on normal.   Nights should average at 4°C, and days around 17°C.

Unfortunately, rainfall looks like remaining below normal.

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© Gungahlin Weather Centre - 2002.