Highest March Temperature for 47 Years

Armagh Observatory reports that March was sunnier and much warmer and drier than average.

The number of hours of sunshine was 120.6, that is, about 23% higher than the most recent 30-year (1981-2010) March average.

The total precipitation for the month was 16.6 mm (0.65 inches), which is about a quarter of the most recent 30-year (1981-2010) average. One-third of the rainfall occurred on one day, the 9th (5.2 mm). There were 18 days with either no rain or just a trace.

The mean monthly temperature was 8.9 degrees Celsius (48.0 degrees Fahrenheit), which is over two degrees C higher than the most recent 30-year (1981-2010) average. The maximum temperature was 21.0 degrees C on the 27th, while the lowest air temperature was -0.8 C on the 18th. This means that the 27th had the highest March temperature for 47 years and last month had the third highest March temperature recorded in Armagh since records began in 1844 (March 1965: 28th (21.4 deg C); 29th (21.8 deg C)). There were eleven nights with grass frost and two 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 signarm.ac.uk; URL: climate.arm.ac.uk.

Last Revised: 2012 April 2nd