Weather Report with Phil Thomas

April stays dry and very warm

Posted on April 29 2015 at 9:32:34 0 comments


Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

As we went to press, April had been a very dry and warm month, most of the rainfall occurring over the first three days (7.9mm).

There had only been two other days since then with small amounts of rainfall recorded.

Temperatures were well above the long-term mean with a maximum of 20C on the 15th. Sunshine levels had also been quite high since the 6th, with nearly 11 hours on a couple of days, i.e. clear sunshine during all daylight hours.

April 2015 (to the 19th)
Mean Max   14.9C 2.1 above average
Mean Min   4.2C   0.6 above average
Mean       9.6C   1.4 above average
Rainfall     11.7mm   18% of average
Sunshine 109.9 hours 93% of average

March had been quite an average month, with a cooler spell from the 13th to 20th. Sunshine was above average at 125 hours, 132% of the local mean.

Rainfall remained just above the mean for the month – no unusual weather to report.

March 2015
Mean Max   10.3C   0.3 above average
Mean Min   2.4C   exactly average
Mean       6.3C   0.1 above average
Rainfall   50.3mm   112% of average
Sunshine 124.9hrs 132% of average

The drier and anticyclonic weather seems to be here for a while in one form or another. It tends to lead to chilly nights but warm sunshine at this time of year.

A large area of high pressure seems to be blocking the main westward progression of the Atlantic low pressure systems.

Providing the block roughly remains in place, we can expect May to be a better than normal month – but the weather is never that predictable!

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Pictured: Sunset at Corbier lighthouse, Jersey