Gungahlin receives a warm, sunny but rather windy October 2007.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during October were warm, mostly sunny and rather windy.

Nights were cool, but well above the longer term October average.  Gungahlin recorded an average minimum of 8.2 degrees; well up on the 6.1 degrees recorded last October.  The warmest night for the month occurred on October 22, when the temperature was a warm 13.5 degrees, while on October 13, it dropped to a colder 3.1 degrees.

Days were generally clear and mild, with an average maximum of 21.9 degrees; down on last Octoberís average of 22.9 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a very warm 29.9 degrees on October 21, while on October 13 clear skies, but cold NW winds kept Gungahlin's maximum temperature to a cool 15.6 degrees.

Given the warmer than normal nigh time conditions, Gungahlin failed to record any frost this October (5 frosts last October) and there were no fogs (1 fog last year).

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at a fresh 5.6 km/h during October, with the strongest gust for the month 69.2 km/h from the NW, recorded on October 3.

Gungahlin recorded 24.9mm of rain during October; over 7 days, with the bulk of this total falling in the last week of the month.  Although this was up on the 5.1mm of rain that fell during October 2006, it was well down on Gungahlinís longer term October average of 55.4mm.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were also a little disappointing, with 22.6mm recorded at Canberra AP, 36.4mm at Tuggeranong and 27.2mm at nearby Tidbinbilla.  Gungahlinís total rainfall so far in 2007 stands at 306.5mm, up slightly on the 304.5mm that fell over the same period last year.

Gungahlin's November outlook:  Current indications are for a slightly cooler, cloudier than normal November in Gungahlin.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 22 degrees, and nights at 10 degrees.  The good news is that rainfall prospects from now until the end of the year are looking more positive, as the La Nina weather pattern appears to be taking hold.  La Nina, basically the opposite of El Nino, generally creates conditions that are more favourable for above average rainfall.  Given this, Gungahlin is likely to receive around 65mm of rain during November.

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