A hot, dry end to 2005.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin and North Canberra during December were dominated by clear skies, above average temperatures, and little rain.

Nights were mild, with an average minimum of 12.4 degrees, well up on last Decemberís average of 11.2 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on December 31, when the temperature was a warm 16.8 degrees, while on December 18 it dropped to a cool 8.6 degrees.

Days were generally very warm and sunny, with an average maximum of 27.8 degrees, much warmer than last Decemberís average of 26.1 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a scorching 38.3 degrees, recorded on December 31, while on December 3, overcast skies and gusty NW winds combined to keep Gungahlinís maximum to just 16.8 degrees.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 5.8km/h during December (3.9 km/h last December), with the strongest gust for the month 56.3 km/h from the N/NW, recorded on December 2.

After the above average spring rainfall across the region, dry conditions returned during the first month of summer, with Gungahlin recording just 18.8mm of rain over 2 days.  Even more news worthy was that the rain fell in the first week of December, with no rain falling in Gungahlin between December 7 and 31 (some 25 days).

Falls in other parts of Canberra during December were also disappointing, with 20mm falling at Canberra AP, 22mm at Tuggeranong and 23mm at Tidbinbilla.

The December rain brought Gungahlinís total for 2005 to 611.8mm, well up on the 455.2mm that fell in 2004, and the 538.3mm in 2003.  Rainfall during the year was fairy uniform across Canberra, with Canberra Airport recording a similar 649.0mm during 2005.

Gungahlinís January Outlook:  Current indications are for very warm to hot weather conditions to start the new year in Gungahlin, with daytime temperatures averaging at almost 30 degrees and nights at 14 degrees.  On the rainfall front, things look a little bleak, with the dry conditions recorded during the last few weeks of December likely to continue during much of January.  If Gungahlin is to better its longer term January average of 40mm, it will have to rely on passing thunderstorms.

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