Gungahlin records a dry, windy start to spring 2007.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during September were dominated by cloudy skies and gusty NW winds.  It was also rather dry.

Nights were cool to cold, with an average minimum of 3.8 degrees; down slightly on the 4.3 degrees recorded last September.  The warmest night for the month occurred on September 30, when the temperature was a mild 8.3 degrees, while on September 16, it dropped to a frosty -0.6 degrees.

Days were generally cool to mild and cloudy, with an average maximum of 16.0 degrees; down on last Septemberís average of 18.0 degrees.  The highest temperature for the month was a pleasant 20.9 degrees on September 24, while on September 11, cloudy skies and fresh N/NW winds kept Gungahlin's maximum temperature to a cool 11.6 degrees. 

Gungahlin recorded 8 frosts during September (7 frosts last year) and there were no fogs (2 fogs last year).

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 5.2 km/h during September, with the strongest gust for the month a fresh 61.2 km/h from the N/NW, recorded on September 28.

For the second September in a row, rainfall was well down on average, with Gungahlin recording just 14.5mm of rain during the month, over 13 days.  This made it the driest September in Gungahlin since records began back in 1998.  Falls in other parts of Canberra were also disappointing, with 14.6mm recorded at Canberra AP, 19.0mm at Tuggeranong and 22.6mm at nearby Tidbinbilla.  Gungahlinís total rainfall so far in 2007 stands at 281.6mm, down on the 299.5mm that fell over the same period last year. 

Gungahlin's October outlook:  Current indications are for a slightly warmer and sunnier than normal October in Gungahlin.  Daytime temperatures should average at around 20 degrees, and nights at 7 degrees.  Unfortunately, rainfall prospects continue to look fairly poor and itís unlikely that Gungahlin will receive the 58.8mm that normally falls in October.

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