Wettest start to a year since 1999.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin and North Canberra to start the New Year were much warmer, and a little wetter than normal.

Nights mild to warm, with an average minimum of 15.9 degrees, well up on the 13.7 degrees recorded last January.  The warmest night for the month occurred on January 28, when the temperature was a muggy 21.1 degrees, while on January 8 it dropped to 12.6 degrees.

Days were generally hot and cloudy, with an average maximum of 30.4 degrees, well up on last January’s average of 28.8 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a scorching 37.9 degrees, recorded on New Years Day, while on January 5 overcast skies and cooler SE winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 17.1 degrees. 

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 2.8 km/h during January, with the strongest gust for the month a blustery 66.0 km/h North Westerly, recorded on January 1.

On a positive note, Gungahlin received its wettest start to a year since 1999, with 57.4mm of rain falling in January, over 10 days.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were even more impressive with 85.2mm falling at Canberra AP, 76.2mm at Tuggeranong and 68.6mm at Tidbinbilla.

Gungahlin's February Outlook:  Current indications are for above average temperatures to continue well into February.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 29 degrees and nights at 14 degrees.  On the rainfall front, a build up of humidity and passing thunderstorms look set to push Gungahlin’s February rainfall above the longer term average of 57mm.

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