Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 2014 – Summary

Overview

Following our wettest ever winter, April saw the return to what are considered to be normal weather conditions with higher than average temperatures (only 3 days not reaching 10°C), and below average rainfall.

Summary

The month began with sunshine and showers in the brisk Southerly winds, peaking at 48mph on the 6th. Temperatures were higher reaching double figures all but 1 of the first 11 days with night time temperatures also being higher due to the cloud cover which also brought some showers.

Winds veered West on the 12th bringing bright but chilly conditions with some heavier showers.

This continued until 18th when the winds backed Easterly bringing slightly calmer conditions, less rain and more sunshine. Bright and breezy conditions remained throughout the rest of the month with 13.5 hours of sunshine on the 19th, although there were still a few light showers and some overnight rain on the 25th. Temperatures rose to a high of 18.1°C on 21st but it sometimes felt chill in the wind.

Temperatures were above normal for this time of year, the average for the month being 9.6°C. There were no air frosts with the minimum temperature being 2.7°C.

Rain was recorded on 22 days of the month which amounted to a total of 49.6 mm.

The average wind speed was 11.1 mph resulting in a wind run of 7945.8 miles. The highest gust was 48 mph on the 6th.

As for sunshine, a total of 144.8 hours were recorded on 22 sunshine days.

Statistical Summary

Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute) 9.6
Mean (min+max) 9.8
Mean Minimum 7.2
Mean Maximum 12.4
Minimum 2.7      –      17th
Maximum 18.1      –      21st
Highest Minimum 9.9      –      21st
Lowest Maximum 9.1      –      16th
Air frosts 0

Rainfall (mm):
Total for month 49.6
Wettest day 5.6      –      16th
High rain rate 19.4      –      7th
Rain days 22
Dry days 8
Days >= 0.2mm – 22
Days >= 0.2mm – 11
Days >= 0.2mm – 0

Wind (mph):
Highest Gust 48.0      –      6th
Average Speed 11.1
Wind Run 7945.8 miles
Gale days 0

Pressure (mb):
Maximum 1028.45      –      14th
Minimum 989.68      –      6th

Days with snow falling 0
Days with snow lying at 0900 0

Total hours of sunshine 144.8