Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Cold, but few April showers

Posted on April 23 2013 at 1:04:17 0 comments


Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Following one of the coldest starts to the year for more than 20 years, April continued the trend of cold months with a mean of only 6.7C, still 1.5C below the season’s normal.
There were 10 consecutive ground frosts from the 1st onwards, and six air frosts. It has been very dry up to the 22nd, with about average levels of sunshine.

April 2013 (Up to 22nd)

Mean Max   10.9C   1.9 below average
Mean Min   2.5C   1.1 below average
Mean         6.7C   1.5 below average
Rainfall     13.1mm   20% of average
Sunshine   82.5 hours 70% of average

Back in March, temperatures were well below normal with a mean of 2.6C; that’s 3.6C below the local average. The daily maximum of –0.4C on the 24th was the coldest March daytime over that same period.

It was a very cold and snowy end to the month with up to 13cm of snow lying on the 24th, and eight days with snow lying on the ground.

The mean temperature was extremely low for March, but was the sixth coldest mean for any winter month over my period of records.

March 2013

Mean Max   5.4C   4.6 below average
Mean Min   0.3C   2.7 below average
Mean         2.6C   3.6 below average
Rainfall     74.4 mm 165% of average
Sunshine 76.5 hours 81% of average


The end of April into the start of May seems to be heading for another colder than normal spell of weather.

The outlook for May is for a period of drier weather and possibly some warmer weather later into the month, but the weather computer models are split as to how dry and how warm.

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