March Sunnier Than Average

Armagh Observatory reports that March was somewhat sunnier than average.

The number of hours of sunshine was 119.5, that is, about 17% higher than the March average.

The total precipitation for the month was 50.7 mm (2.00 inches), which is very slightly less than the average. Almost half the precipitation occurred on one day, the 11th (24.4mm). There were 17 days with either no rain or just a trace.

The mean monthly temperature was 6.8 degrees Celsius (44.2 degrees Fahrenheit), which is slightly above the average figure. The maximum temperature was 16.6 degrees C on the 24th, while the lowest air temperature was -2.9 C on the 16th. There were twenty nights with grass frost and seven with air frost.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: John McFarland at the Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG. Tel.: 028-3752-2928; FAX: 028-3752-7174; jmfat; URL:

Last Revised: 2011 April 1st