WEATHER REVIEW - April 2013
A dry month with plenty of sunshine. Cold initially, but temperatures then rising steadily towards mid-month, before turning more erratic.
The cold easterly flow so prominent in late-March continued
during the first eleven days of April over the greater part of the
A disturbed south to southwesterly airstream prevailed between the 13th and 17th bringing much higher temperatures. Amounts of rain across the county were very slight, registering on most days as ‘trace’, although it was quite windy. Maximum gusts reach 46mph at Pitsford on the 17th, and reached or exceeded 33mph everyday from 13th until the 18th. On the 14th the temperature reached 17.1C at Pitsford and ranged from 15.5C on the 15th to 16.8C on the 17th. It became briefly colder on the 19th with some sharp showers mid afternoon, but the 20th was a sunny day after chilly frost with 11.3C hours of bright sunshine recorded at Pitsford. The next two days were rather changeable, but across the county it remained dry.
Warm weather resumed across the county between the 23rd and 25th with highs exceeding locally reaching 20.3C on the 25th. The wind swung into the northwest on the 26th, and the remainder of the month was rather cold, quite windy on the 28th and 29thi, and there were sharp showers of rain, including some small hail on the 27th.. The lowest maximum during this period was 11.5C on the 26th and although much of the county escaped air frosts, ground frosts were common. The last two days of the month were dry and sunny, but with temperatures still in the low teens.
although April saw below average temperatures it was not as cold as April 2012.
However, unlike April 2012 which was the second wettest April on record in
Air Temperatures The Highest Maximum: 20.3 C on 25th The Lowest Maximum: 4.6 C on 1st The Highest Minimum: 10.1 C on 25th The Lowest Minimum: -2.2 C on 2nd The Mean Maximum: 12.4 C The Mean Minimum: 3.5 C The Overall Mean: 8.0 C Difference from the Monthly Mean: -1.4 C Solar Radiation Maximum (at 0900): 614.0 W/m^2 on 29th Mean (at 0900): 273.9 W/m^2 Relative Humidity: Highest Relative Humidity (at 0900): 100.0 % on 12th Lowest Relative Humidity (at 0900): 58.0 % on 18th Mean Relative Humidity (at 0900): 75.8 % Dew Point: The Highest Dew Point (0900): 11.2 C on 25th The Lowest Dew Point (at 0900): -2.5 C on 1st The Mean Dew Point (at 0900): 3.4 C Rainfall: Total: 34.6 mm Percentage of the Monthly Mean: 63.1 % Duration: 31.9 hrs Highest 24 hour fall (0900 to 0900): 14.0 mm on 11th Rain Days (>/=0.2mm): 8 Wet Days (>/=1.0mm): 6 Sunshine: Total Duration of Bright Sunshine: 137.6 hrs Sunniest day: 11.3 hrs on 20th No. of days without sunshine: 5 Percentage of the Monthly Mean: 90.9 % Cloud cover (mean at 0900): 6.0 oktas 75 % Pressure (reduced to sea level): The Highest Pressure (at 0900): 1035.3 mb on 20th The Lowest Pressure (at 0900): 993.7 mb on 12th Mean Pressure (at 0900): 1015.9 mb Winds Run of wind (mean over 24 hrs): 152.6 miles Mean daily wind speed: 8.3 mph Run of wind (cumulative): 4578.6 miles Highest Maximum Gust: 46 mph on 17th No. of gusts of 50mph or more: 0 Highest wind strength (at 0900): 20.8 mph on 14th Mean wind strength (at 0900): 11.5 mph Winds from the Following Directions: N 3 NE 3 E 7 SE 0 S 8 SW 5 W 2 NW 2 Calm 0 Concrete Lowest Concrete Minimum: -3.1 C on 2nd Mean Concrete Minimum: 2.8 C Evaporation Piche 94.3 ml Days with: Thunder: 0 Hail <5mm: 1 Hail >/=5mm: 0 Snow or snow & rain: 1 Snow lying: 0 Fog: 0 Air Frost: 7 Duration of Air Frost: 30hrs Gales: 0 All data © Pitsford Hall weather station.
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