Mild, Dull March

Armagh Observatory reports that March was slightly milder and duller than average.

The mean monthly temperature was 6.9 degrees Celsius, approximately 0.2 degrees Celsius warmer than the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year average for March. The warmest day (highest maximum air temperature) was 14.5 degrees C on the 31st, and the coolest night (lowest minimum air temperature) was -3.1 degrees C on the 3rd. There were 16 days with ground frost and five with night air frost.

There were 86.9 hours of strong sunshine, approximately 10% fewer than the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year average sunshine for March, namely 98.1 hours. The sunniest days were the 11th and 25th March, both with 9.2 hours of strong sunshine, followed by the 12th with 9.0 hours. Most recorded hours of strong sunshine occurred during just half a dozen predominantly sunny days, the rest being rather dull and cloudy.

Total precipitation for the month was 66.9 mm (2.6 inches), almost the same as the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year average March rainfall. The wettest day was the 6th, with 12.3 mm of rainfall.

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

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