Gungahlin misses the rain during hot, stormy February 2007.

Cloudy skies, hot temperatures and thunder and lightning dominated weather conditions in Gungahlin during February, but the region missed out on the bulk of the rain that fell further south. 

Nights were warm and humid, with an average minimum of 14.4 degrees; down slightly on the 14.7 degrees recorded last February.  The warmest night for the month occurred on February 5, when the temperature was a muggy 17.5 degrees, while on February 14, it dropped to a cooler 11.2 degrees.

Days were very warm to hot and mostly cloudy, with an average maximum of 29.3 degrees; down on last February’s average of 30.4 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a hot 34.9 degrees, on February 3, while on February 12, overcast skies and gusty SE winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 22.1 degrees.  

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at just 1.9 km/h during February, with the strongest gust for the month 35.4 km/h from the SW, recorded on February 3.

Despite the very heavy rain that fell during thunderstorms in the southern and western parts of
Canberra, Gungahlin received just 34.5mm of rain during February, over 10 days.  This compares to the 28.5mm that fell during February 2006.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were much heavier, with 93.4mm falling at Canberra AP, 77.1mm at Tidbinbilla, and an impressive 101.8mm at Tuggeranong.  Gungahlin’s total rainfall so far in 2007 stands at just 46.2mm, well down on the 85.9mm that fell over the same period last year. 

Gungahlin's March Outlook:  Current indications are for milder, wetter weather conditions to develop across Gungahlin during March.  Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 25 degrees, and nights at 11 degrees.  Rainfall prospects are good, and with the official ending of the El Nino weather pattern in mid February, rainfall totals are likely to be above average for much of the autumn season.

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