ACT Monthly Climate Summary: July 2006
Canberra has warmer and drier July

Tuesday 1 August, 2006

In Brief

  • Warmer days and nights.
  • Wamest average minimum temperature since 1988.
  • Slightly drier than average.

Details

Temperatures:

Canberra has experienced significantly above average temperatures. The average monthly mean temperature (the average of daytime and night-time temperatures) of 7.3 °C was 1.5°C above the historic average1of 5.4°C. Days were mild to cool with the average maximum day-time temperature of 12.7 °C being above the historic average of 11.2°C.

Nights were warmer overall with an average minimum temperature at Canberra Airport of 1.8°C, about two degrees above the historic average (of −0.4 °C) and the highest since 1988 when it was 2.1°C. Frosts (minimum temperature 2°C or less) were less common, Canberra Airport recording 16 frosts, 5 less than the historic average. The lowest temperature recorded at Tuggeranong was −6.2°C on the 8th.


Rainfall:

Canberra Airport's total July rainfall of 36.4 mm was slightly below the historic average1 of 41.7 mm . The heaviest fall was on 15th when 11.0 mm was recorded. There were 15 rain days during the month (historic average 9 days). Rainfall across the ACT ranged from 109.6 mm at Tidbinbilla to 36.4 mm at Canberra Airport.


Other phenomena:   There were 8 fog days compared to an historic average of 7 days. It was less windy than usual during July with a wind run of 159km/day (historic average 182km/day) with 2 strong wind days (historic average 2 days).


Climate summary for Canberra Airport

 

Canberra Airport  (Elev 578 m)

 

July 2006

Historic average1

July 2005

Average maximum
temperature (°C)

 12.7

11.2

12.7

Average minimum
temperature (°C)

1.8

−0.4

1.4

Mean temperature (°C)

7.3

5.4

7.1

Monthly rainfall (mm)

36.4

41.7

86.4

Number of rain days

15

9

10

Average daily
sunshine (hours)

5.7

5.7

6.3

Average relative humidity at 3pm (%)

59

58

60

Number of thunderstorms

0

0

0

Number of windy days*

 2

2

0

  * windy day defined as average wind speed of 40km/h or greater at synoptic times. 

Climate averages for Canberra Airport are available, here.

Daily Weather Extremes for July and for the A.C.T.

  Canberra Airport  

(Elev 578 m)

Tuggeranong  

(Elev 587 m)

Mount Ginini#  

(Elev 1760 m)

 

July 2006

All years

July 2006

All years *

July 2006

Highest temperature (°C) and date
Warmest day

 15.5
(26th)

 19.7
(1957)

 15.6
 (4th)

  18.1  (2005)

7.0
   (27th)

Lowest temperature (°C) and date
Coldest night

 5.8   (13th)

  10.0  (1971)

−6.2
(8th)

  −7.5  (2002)

 5.0



 (9th,13th,14th

& 20th)

Lowest maximum temperature (°C) and date
Coldest day

8.8


 (24th)

   2.5 (1949)

8.6 

(24th)

   5.7  (2001)

  −1.0
 (9th)

Wettest 24 hours (mm) and date

 11.0  (15th)

  43.8 (1991)

15.8
(16th)

51.0
(2005)

 26.0
 (16th)

Maximum Wind Gust (km/h) and date

S @ 57  (18th)

W @ 105  (1990)

SSE @ 61  (18th)

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-

  * historic extremes for period 1996 - 2006 only.

# new station opened 2004, historic extremes not yet available.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at noon on 01/08/06. Although every effort has been made to check them, it is possible that results may change as new information becomes available.

A note about deciles: Deciles are used to give an element (in this case rainfall or temperature) a ranking. Deciles are calculated by arranging the totals in ascending order (from lowest to highest) then splitting them into 10 equal groups (thus the groups are called deciles). The first group would be in decile range one, the second group in decile range two, etc up to the highest annual totals (highest 10 per cent) being in decile range 10.

1Averages:  Historic average temperatures for Canberra Airport are based on the period 1961 to 1990 which is a convention of the World Meteorological Organisation. Rainfall averages & Extremes are based on all years 1939 - 2005.

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