Rain fails to fall during warm, cloudy end to 2006.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during December were similar to those experienced for the majority of 2006, both warmer and drier than normal.  In fact, Gungahlin had its driest year since records began in January 1999, with just 366.8mm being recorded at the Gungahlin Weather Centre.

Nights were mild, with an average minimum of 11.0 degrees; down slightly on Gungahlinís longer term December average of 11.7 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on December 1, when the temperature was a warm 15.3 degrees, while on December 26, it dropped to a fairly cold 4.1 degrees.

Days were warm and mostly cloudy, with an average maximum of 27.0 degrees; up slightly on Gungahlinís longer term December average of 26.8 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a hot 34.1 degrees, on December 10, while on Christmas Day, overcast skies, fresh NW winds and even some nearby snow combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to a chilly 16.3 degrees.  

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.8 km/h during December, with the strongest gust for the month 51.5 km/h from the NW, recorded on December 14.

Gungahlinís rather dry year continued in December, with just 29.0mm of rain falling over 5 days.  Much of this total fell during a heavy thunderstorm that hit Gungahlin on December 30.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were even more disappointing, with 16.6mm falling at Canberra AP, only 8.0mm at Tuggeranong and 20.3mm at nearby Tidbinbilla.  Gungahlin's total rainfall for 2006 was just 366.8mm, well down on the 611.8mm that fell in 2005.

Gungahlin's January Outlook:  Current indications are for slightly cooler, wetter weather conditions to develop in Gungahlin during January.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 28 degrees, and nights at 13 degrees.  Despite the recent spell of dry weather, conditions are looking a little more promising for above average rainfall in the first part of 2007.  The El Nino weather pattern (which is responsible for the dry conditions) is showing signs of weakening, and this should ensure that Gungahlin receives more rain than its longer term January average of 41.9mm.

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