Gungahlin escapes winters worst during mild July.

Weather conditions in Gungahlin during July were a little milder and slightly wetter than normal.

Nights were cold, with an average minimum of 2.7°C; considerably warmer than the average of 0.3°C recorded last July, and above Gungahlin’s longer term July average of 1.0°C.  The warmest night for the month occurred on July 19, when the temperature was a mild 8.8°C (a new July record warm night for Gungahlin – beating the 8.4 in July 2012), while on July 25, it dropped to a frosty -3.7°C.

Days were generally cool to cold and cloudy, with an average maximum of 11.9°C, above the average of 11.0°C last year.  Gungahlin’s longer term July average is 11.1°C.  The highest temperature for the month was a mild 16.1°C, recorded on July 18, while on July 21, overcast skies, drizzle and fresh W/NW winds combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 6.2°C.

Although Gungahlin recorded no snow during the month (the ninth July in a row without snow), there was heavy sleet/hail shower around 4pm on July 20 with the passage of a cold front.  Heavy snow was recorded across the highlands, with 5cm falling and settling on the banks of Lake Eucumbene at 4.30pm.

Gungahlin received 18 frosts during July and there were 7 fogs.  This compares to the 21 frosts and 4 fogs recorded in Gungahlin during July 2012.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 3.2 km/h during the month, well above the average of 2.6 km/h recorded last July. The strongest gust for the month was 43.5 km/h from the W/NW, recorded on July 6.

Gungahlin recorded 40.0mm of rain in July, over 20 days.  This compares to the 37.4mm that fell last year and Gungahlin’s longer term July average of 38.8mm.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were similar, with Canberra AP recording 42.8mm for the month, Tuggeranong 48.2mm, Monash 52.9mm and Melba 52.9mm.  Gungahlin’s total rainfall so far in 2013 now stands at 241.4mm, well below the 448.4mm that fell over the same period last year.

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