Gungahlin records a cool, dry April 2011.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during April were cooler, cloudier and drier than normal.

Nights were cool, with an average minimum of 5.9°C, down on last Aprils average of 8.0°C and well below Gungahlin’s longer term April average 7.2°C.  The warmest night for the month occurred on April 30, when the temperature was a mild 8.7°C, while on April 23, it dropped to a cold 1.3°C.

Days were generally mild and cloudy, with an average maximum of 18.4°C; down on last years average of 20.8°C and significantly below Gungahlin’s longer term April average of 20.5°C.  The highest temperature for the month was a pleasant 22.6°C, recorded on April 9, while on April 13, cloudy skies, gusty NW winds and drizzle combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to a cool 11.9°C.

Proving winter isn’t too far away, Gungahlin recorded its first frost of the year on April 23.  In comparison, Gungahlin’s first frost in 2010 was recorded 10 days earlier, on April 13.  Gungahlin also recorded 3 fogs during the month.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 1.9 km/h during April, with the strongest gust for the month 37.0 km/h from the W/NW, recorded on April 13.

Despite the cloudy skies, rainfall during April was scarce, with Gungahlin recording just 11.2mm of rain for the month, over 4 days.  This was well down on Gungahlin’s longer term April average of 27.0mm.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were also light, with Canberra AP recording just 8.8mm for the month, Tuggeranong 11.4mm, Monash 13.8mm and Melba 15.0mm.  Gungahlin’s total rainfall so far in 2011 stands at 176.2mm, a little below the 180.2mm that fell over the same period last year.

Gungahlin's May outlook:  The recent spell of cool, cloudy weather looks set to continue into May.  Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 15.0°C, and nights at 4.0°C.  This compares to Gungahlin’s longer term May average of 3.8°C to 16.0°C.  May is traditionally the driest month of the year in Gungahlin with an average of just 24.5mm.  Despite this, rainfall prospects for May look quite positive, with Gungahlin set to receive around 40mm for the month.

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