Gungahlin records a hot, dry start to 2017.

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

Nights were mild to warm, with an average minimum of 15.1°C; up on last years average of 14.2°C.  Gungahlin’s longer term January average is 14.0°C.  The warmest night for the month occurred on January 9, when the temperature was a hard to sleep through 20.7°C, while on January 21 it dropped to a more pleasant 9.8°C.

Days were generally hot and partly cloudy, with an average maximum of 32.4°C; well up on last years average of 28.4°C.  In fact, it was the hottest January average maximum recorded in Gungahlin since records began back in 1999.  The previous recorded was an average of 32.0°C recorded in January 2013.  Gungahlin’s longer term January average is 29.5°C.  The highest temperature for the month was a scorching 39.6°C, recorded on January 30.  In contrast, Gungahlin’s coolest January 2017 maximum was 24.3°C, recorded on January 19.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 1.4 km/h during January, with the strongest gust for the month 41.8km/h from the W, recorded on January 30.

After a very wet start to the New Year last year, which saw 94.6mm fall across Gungahlin, falls to start 2017 were disappointing, and well below average. Gungahlin received just 21.0mm, over 8 days.  Gungahlin’s longer term January average is 43.8mm.  Falls in other parts of Canberra during January were also well below average, with Canberra AP recording just 8.4mm for the month, Tuggeranong 10.6mm, Melba 17.2mm and Monash 9.4mm.

© Gungahlin Weather Centre.