February 2006 was warm and dry.
Weather conditions across Gungahlin and North Canberra during February were characterised by cloudy skies, above average temperatures and little rain.
Nights were warm, with an average minimum of 14.7 degrees, well up on the 12.6 degrees recorded last February. The warmest night for the month occurred on February 18, when the temperature was a muggy 18.8 degrees, while on February 10 it dropped to a cool 7.4 degrees.
Days were very warm to hot and mostly cloudy, with an average maximum of 30.4 degrees, well up on last February’s average of 26.3 degrees. The highest temperature for the month was a hot 36.7 degrees, recorded on February 1, while on February 5 Gungahlin's maximum temperature reached just 25.0 degrees.
Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.1 km/h during February, with the strongest gust for the month a 51.5 km/h North Westerly, recorded on February 9.
After the pleasing start to the year rainfall totals during February were disappointing. In fact, just 28.5mm of rain was recorded in Gungahlin, over 3 days. Falls in other parts of Canberra were also below average, with 26mm falling at Canberra AP, 47mm at Tuggeranong and just 19mm at Tidbinbilla. Gungahlin’s rainfall so far in 2006 stands at 85.9mm, down on the 101.5mm that fell over the same period last year.
Gungahlin's March Outlook: Current indications are for the warmer than normal temperatures to continue into March. Daytime temperatures should average at around 26 degrees and nights at 11 degrees. Rainfall prospects look marginal, but with the warmer days and increased humidity, Gungahlin should benefit from passing thunderstorms, pushing rainfall totals above the longer term average of 34mm.
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