Gungahlin records its warmest May.
Like the majority of South Eastern Australia, Gungahlin recorded well above average temperatures during May. In fact, it was easily Gungahlinís warmest May since records began at the Weather Centre back in 1999.
Nights were cool, with an average minimum of 6.5 degrees; well up on the longer term May average of 3.8 degrees. The warmest night for the month occurred on May 3, when the temperature was a mild 13.0 degrees, while on May 26, it dropped to a cold 1.3 degrees.
Days were mild to warm and cloudy, with an average maximum of 17.1 degrees; again well above Gungahlinís longer term May average of 16.1 degrees. The highest temperature for the month was a warm 23.2 degrees on May 12, while on May 31, cloudy skies and cold NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 9.1 degrees.
Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 4.4 km/h during May, with the strongest gust for the month 64.4 km/h from the NW, recorded on May 29.
The region received some very welcome and timely rainfall during May, with falls in most areas reaching average or slightly above average. In fact, Gungahlin recorded its wettest May since 2000, with 46.0mm falling at the Weather Centre, over 9 days.
Falls in other parts of Canberra were also pleasing, with 41.4mm recorded at Canberra AP, 55.6mm at Tuggeranong and 66.9mm at nearby Tidbinbilla. Gungahlinís total rainfall so far in 2007 stands at 159.2mm, up slightly on the 138.7mm that fell over the same period last year.
Gungahlin's June outlook: Current indications are for cool and wet weather conditions in Gungahlin during June. Daytime temperatures should average at around 11 degrees, and nights at 2 degrees. On the rainfall front, with the official ending of the recent El Nino, and the developing La Nina (a cooling over the tropical Pacific Ocean responsible for generally wetter weather) we should be entering a wetter weather pattern over the coming winter months. With this in mind, Gungahlin is likely to receive at least 65mm of rain during June, up on the longer term average of 59mm.
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