Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Early start to spring

Posted on April 30 2017 at 10:35:13 0 comments


Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

April was a very dry month, with only 2.1mm of rain falling from the 1st to the 14th. The lack of rain was due to a persistent area of high pressure centred near the UK.

There was only a slight change to this in the second half of the month.

It was a warmer-than-normal month once again, with temperatures reaching 21.1C locally on the 9th.

April 2017 (to the 21st)
Mean Max   14.4C   1.6 above average
Mean Min   4.6C   1.0 above average
Mean     9.5C   1.3 above average
Rainfall     12.1mm   18% of average
Sunshine 117.8 hrs 99% of average

March was very mild with a mean temperature of 8.6C; that’s 2.4C warmer than the local 30-year mean. The first seven days were very wet with most of the month’s rainfall.

Only 0.7mm then fell up to the 19th, before a wet end to the month: 10.2mm on the 22nd, with 64.6mm by the month’s end, or 144% of the local 30-year mean.

March 2017
Mean Max 12.4C 2.4 above average
Mean Min   4.8C   2.4 above average
Mean     8.6C   2.4 above average
Rainfall   64.6mm 144% of average
Sunshine 122.3 hrs 129% of average

As April turns into May, a northerly flow is causing temperatures to get a little colder.

The computer models seem to suggest a settled May but it will depend on the exact position of the high pressure system that has been affecting our weather recently.

So far the temperatures have meant an early start to spring with plants coming into bloom sooner than we would expect.

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