Gungahlin records a dry, sunny May 2008.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during May were dominated by mostly sunny skies, mild temperatures and little rain.

Nights were cool to cold, with an average minimum of 3.5 degrees; well down on last Mayís average of 6.5 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on May 11, when the temperature was a mild 8.5 degrees, while on May 19 it dropped to a cold minus 0.8 degrees.

Days were generally mild and mostly sunny, with an average maximum of 16.0 degrees; down on the average of 17.1 degrees recorded last May.  The highest temperature for the month was a warm 19.7 degrees, recorded on May 9.  In contrast, overcast skies and cold N winds combined to keep Gungahlinís maximum temperature on May 18 to just 10.9 degrees.

Due to the mostly clear skies, Gungahlin recorded 12 frosts during May (3 frosts last May), and there were 8 fogs (1 fog last May). 

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 2.0 km/h during May, with the strongest gust for the month 43.5km/h from the NW, recorded on May 17. 

As predicted in the April report, rainfall totals recorded during May were well below average.  Gungahlin received just 10.9mm of rain for the month, over 9 days.  This compared to the 46.0mm which fell last May and Gungahlinís longer term May average of 24.5mm.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were also disappointing, with 12.8mm recorded at Canberra AP and just 11.0mm at Tuggeranong.  Gungahlinís total rainfall for 2008 now stands at 160.0mm, up slightly on the 159.2mm which fell over the same period last year. 

Gungahlin's June Outlook:  Current indications are for a cool, damp start to winter in Gungahlin.  Overall, daytime temperatures should average at around 12 degrees, and nights at 1 degree.  Over the last 11 years, June has been Gungahlinís second wettest month of the year, with an average of almost 61mm. Rainfall prospects this June look a little mixed, but passing frontal systems during the second half of the month should ensure Gungahlin reaches this longer term average.

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