Records tumble during Gungahlin's warm end to winter 2007.
Weather conditions across Gungahlin during August were much warmer and drier than normal.
Nights were cool to cold, with an average minimum of 4.3 degrees; significantly warmer than Gungahlinís longer term August average of 1.5 degrees. The warmest night for the month occurred on August 11, when the temperature was a mild 9.4 degrees, while on August 14, it dropped to a cold 0.0 degrees.
Days were generally cool to cold and cloudy, with an average maximum of 13.9 degrees; up on the longer term August average of 13.3 degrees. The highest temperature for the month was a Ďspring likeí 20.9 degrees on August 30, while on August 4, overcast skies and gusty NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 7.4 degrees.
Given the milder August temperatures, itís not surprising that Gungahlin recorded just 5 frosts during the month; well below the 22 frosts recorded during August 2006. Gungahlin also recorded 3 fogs during the month (4 fogs last August).
Winds at the Weather
Centre averaged at 6.1 km/h during August, with the strongest gust for the month
a fresh 66.0 km/h from the W/NW, recorded on August 10.
Gungahlin recorded 23 cloudy days during August but, despite this, just 8.9mm of rain was recorded at the Weather Centre over 8 days. This made it the driest August in Gungahlin since records began back in 1998. Falls in other parts of Canberra were also disappointing, with 11.6mm recorded at Canberra AP, 8.4mm at Tuggeranong and 13.5mm at nearby Tidbinbilla. Gungahlinís total rainfall so far in 2007 stands at 267.1mm, down on the 284.7mm that fell over the same period last year.
Gungahlin's September outlook: Current indications are for conditions to cool slightly during September, with a return to more normal temperatures this month. Daytime temperatures should average at around 16 degrees, and nights at 4 degrees. Unfortunately, rainfall prospects look a little grim and itís unlikely that Gungahlin will receive its September rainfall average of 57mm.
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