March Wetter, Sunnier and Colder

Armagh Observatory, 2 April 2010: Armagh Observatory reports that March was slightly wetter, sunnier and colder than average. The total precipitation for the month was 83.7 mm (3.30 inches), that is, about 60% higher than average. Most of the precipitation occurred on just three days towards the end of the month when much snow fell.

The number of hours of sunshine was 124.1, that is, slightly over 20% higher than the March average.

The mean monthly temperature was 5.7 degrees Celsius (42.3 degrees Fahrenheit), which is slightly lower than average. The maximum temperature was 14.3 degrees C on the 17th and 21st, while the lowest air temperature was -7.2 C on the 8th. There were twenty-four nights with grass frost and twelve with air frost.

These data refer to observations at Armagh Observatory, which has been recording the weather at Armagh since 1795.

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Last Revised: 2010 April 2nd