Gungahlin records a warm, dry start to spring 2006.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during September were dominated by cool nights and clear, sunny days.  It was also rather dry, with Gungahlin recording its driest September in over 10 years.

Nights were cool to cold, with an average minimum of 4.3 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on September 2, when the temperature was a mild 11.1 degrees, while on September 26, it dropped to a cold minus 0.8 degrees.

Due to the generally clear night-time conditions, Gungahlin recorded 7 frosts for the month (6 frosts last September), and there were 2 fogs.

Days were mild and mostly sunny, with an average maximum of 18.0 degrees; well up on last Septembers average of 14.9 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a warm 23.4 degrees, recorded on September 19, while on September 6, overcast skies and light rain combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 10.8 degrees. 

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 5.1 km/h during September, with the strongest gust for the month 61.2 km/h from the N/NW, recorded on September 24.

Gungahlin recorded just 14.7mm of rain during September, over 6 days.  In fact, it was the driest September recorded in Gungahlin in over 10 years, and was well down on the 103.9mm that fell during September last year.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were just as disappointing, with 18mm falling at Canberra AP and 11mm at Tuggeranong.  Nearby Tidbinbilla bucked the dry trend, with a welcome 67mm of rain recorded.  Gungahlin's total rainfall so far in 2006 now stands at 299.5mm, well down on the 443.4mm that fell over the same period in 2005.

Gungahlin's October Outlook:  Current indications show warmer and drier weather conditions to continue into October.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 20 degrees, and nights at 6 degrees.  Rainfall prospects look grim, with Gungahlin unlikely to reach anywhere near its longer term October average of 66mm.

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