Rain returns during warm, humid February 2010.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during February were dominated by warm, cloudy days, humid nights and some very welcome rain.

Nights were mild and humid, with an average minimum of 14.8°C; well up on the average of 13.8°C recorded last February.  The warmest night for the month occurred on February 4, when the temperature was a muggy 18.6°C, while on February 26, it dropped to a cooler 9.0°C.

Days were generally very warm and cloudy, with an average maximum of 27.1°C; down on last years average of 28.8°C and a little below Gungahlin’s longer term February average of 27.8°C.  The highest temperature for the month was a hot 32.7°C, recorded on February 1, while on February 13, overcast skies and heavy rain combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 18.6°C. 

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 2.3 km/h during February, with the strongest gust for the month 40.2 km/h from the NW, recorded on February 22.

After a very dry January, the rain returned to the region with a vengeance during February.  Gungahlin received a very welcome 104.2mm of rain during February, over 8 days.  This was the first time Gungahlin had recorded over 100mm of rain in a month since the 111.5mm that fell back in November 2007.  The bulk of the rain fell during the passage of a deep low pressure trough that dumped 82.8mm between February 13 and 15.

Falls in other parts of Canberra were also well above average, with Canberra AP recording 125.4mm for the month, Tuggeranong 130.8mm, Monash 149.6mm and Belconnen 163.8mm.  Gungahlin’s total rainfall so far in 2010 now stands at 110.2mm, well above the 58.8mm that fell over the same period last year. 

Gungahlin's March outlook:  Weather conditions across Gungahlin during March should be close to, or slightly below, average.  Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 24°C, and nights at 10°C.  This compares to Gungahlin’s longer term March average of 11.3°C to 25.2°C.  Rainfall prospects for the month look positive, with Gungahlin set to receive at least 50mm of rain during the month, well above its longer term March average of 34.2mm.

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