April Cooler, Sunnier and Slightly Drier than Average

Armagh Observatory reports that April was cooler, sunnier and slightly drier than average.

The mean monthly temperature was 7.4 degrees Celsius (45.3 degrees Fahrenheit), which is about 1.1 degrees C lower than the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year average. The maximum temperature was 15.5 degrees C on the 15th and 22nd, and the lowest air temperature was -3.2 degrees C on the 6th. There were seventeen nights with grass frost and six nights with air frost. The total precipitation for the month was 54.5 mm (2.15 inches), that is, about 5% less than the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year average.

The number of hours of sunshine was 169.0, which is about 18% more than the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year April average.

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: 2013 June 3rd