A wet end to winter 2004.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin and North Canberra during August were cool and mostly cloudy, with temperatures and rainfall above average.

Nights were cold, with an average minimum of 2.7 degrees, up on last Augustís average of 1.2 degrees.  The warmest night for the month occurred on August 27, when the temperature was a mild 8.3 degrees, while on August 7 it dropped to a freezing -3.1 degree.  The temperature in Gungahlin dropped to 0 degrees or below on 7 mornings during the month.

Days were generally cool to cold and cloudy, with an average maximum of 13.2 degrees, well up on last Augustís average of 11.8 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a warm 20.6 degrees, recorded on August 26, while on August 3, strong NW winds, overcast skies and heavy rain combined to keep Gungahlinís maximum to just 6.8 degrees.  In fact, the temperature in Gungahlin failed to reach double figures on 5 days during the month.

Gungahlin recorded 10 frosts during August, and there were 4 fogs.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 7.3 km/h during August, with the strongest gust for the month 62.8 km/h from the Northwest, recorded on August 13.

The most pleasing aspect of Augustís weather was the return of the rain.  Gungahlin received a healthy 90.9mm of rain during the month, over 12 days.  Despite the good August falls, Gungahlinís total rainfall so far in 2004 now stands at 217.5mm, well down on the 298.8mm that fell over the same period in 2003.

Gungahlinís September Outlook: Current indications are for a cooler, cloudier and wetter than normal September.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 14 degrees and nights at 3 degrees.  Rainfall prospects are good, with totals likely to exceed the longer term September average of (60.7mm).

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© Gungahlin Weather Centre - 2004.