Records tumble during warm, dry October 2006.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during October were dominated by cool, clear nights and warm, sunny days.  It was also very dry, with Gungahlin recording its driest October in more than 10 years.

Nights were cool, with an average minimum of 6.1 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on October 13, when the temperature was a very mild 17.3 degrees, while on October 22, it dropped to a frosty minus 0.8 degrees.

Due to the mainly clear night-time conditions, Gungahlin recorded 5 frosts for the month (1 frost last October), and there was 1 fog.

Days were mild to warm and mostly sunny, with an average maximum of 22.9 degrees; well up on Gungahlinís longer term October average of 19.5 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a hot 31.1 degrees (a new October record), on October 13, while on October 21, cloudy skies and cold Southerly winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 12.9 degrees. 

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 4.6 km/h during October, with the strongest gust for the month 56.3 km/h from the NW, recorded on October 5.

Gungahlin recorded just 5.1mm of rain during October, over 2 days.  In fact, it was the driest October recorded in Gungahlin in over 10 years, and followed on from the driest September on record last month.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were also disappointing, with just 4mm falling at Canberra AP, 6mm at Tuggeranong and 7mm at nearby Tidbinbilla.  Gungahlin's total rainfall so far in 2006 now stands at just 304.6mm, well down on the 501.9mm that fell over the same period in 2005.

Gungahlin's November Outlook:  Current indications are for warmer and drier weather conditions to continue right through November.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 25 degrees, and nights at 9 degrees.  Unfortunately, rainfall prospects continue to look poor, with Gungahlin unlikely to reach its longer term November average of 69mm.

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