September 2005 - Gungahlin's wettest month in over 3 years.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during September were dominated by cloudy skies, cool temperatures and some very welcome rain.  In fact, Gungahlinís total of 103.9mm of rain made September 2005 the wettest month in three and a half years.

Nights were cool to cold, with an average minimum of 4.3 degrees (4.1 degrees last September).  The warmest night for the month occurred on September 10, when the temperature was a mild 11.6 degrees, while on September 3 it dropped to a cold minus 1.3 degrees.

Days were generally cool and cloudy, with an average maximum of 14.9 degrees (15.6 degrees last September).  The highest temperature for the month was a pleasant 21.7 degrees, recorded on September 23, while on September 12, overcast skies and very cold N/NW winds, combined to keep Gungahlin's maximum temperature to just 6.8 degrees. 

Due to the generally cloudy skies, Gungahlin recorded just 6 frosts for the month, well down on the 10 frosts recorded last September, and there were 2 fogs.

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 4.6 km/h during September, with the strongest gust for the month 53.1 km/h from the NW, recorded on September 29.

Gungahlin recorded an impressive 103.9mm of rain during September, over 14 days.  In fact, this was the wettest month recorded in Gungahlin since February 2002 when 176.6mm fell.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were just as impressive, with 102mm falling at Canberra AP, 83mm at Tuggeranong and 110mm at Tidbinbilla.  Gungahlin's total rainfall so far in 2005 now stands at 443.4mm, well up on the 252.8mm that fell over the same period in 2004.

Gungahlin's October Outlook:  Current indications are for a continuation of the slightly cooler and wetter spring conditions.  Daytime temperatures during October should average at around 18 degrees and nights at 6 degrees.  Rainfall prospects are good, with falls likely to exceed the longer term October average of 67mm.

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