Temperatures reach 41.7°C during Gungahlin's sizzling start to 2014.

Weather Conditions across Gungahlin to start the New Year were both hotter and much drier than normal.

Nights were mild, with an average minimum of 13.5°C; well down on last years average of 14.6°C.  Gungahlin’s longer term January average is 13.9°C.  The warmest night for the month occurred on January 2, when the temperature was a muggy 18.9°C, while on January 5 it dropped to a more pleasant 8.4°C.

Days were generally hot and mostly sunny, with an average maximum of 31.4°C; down on last years record breaking average of 32.0°C, but well above Gungahlin’s longer term January average of 29.5°C.  The highest temperature for the month was a scorching 41.7°C, recorded on January 16.  This is the hottest temperature recorded at the Gungahlin Weather Centre since records began in 1998, and it beats the previous record of 40.5°C, recorded last January.  In contrast, Gungahlin’s coolest January 2014 maximum was 23.1°C, recorded on January 6.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 1.9 km/h during January, with the strongest gust for the month 43.0 km/h from the W, recorded on January 2.

In 2013, Gungahlin recorded only 443.0mm of rain (about 110mm below average).  Falls to start 2014 were worrying, and well below average throughout the region. Gungahlin received just 9.4mm of rain for the month, over 4 days.  This compares to the 66.2mm that fell in Gungahlin last January and is well below Gungahlin’s longer term January average of 38.4mm.  Falls in other parts of Canberra during January were also very scarce, with Canberra AP recording just 4.8mm for the month, Tuggeranong and Monash 13.2mm and Melba 9.9mm.

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