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Sunniest April Since 1921

Armagh Observatory reports that the weather in April was much warmer, sunnier and drier than average.

The mean monthly temperature was 11.2 degrees Celsius (52.2 degrees Fahrenheit), that is, over three degrees higher than average. The maximum temperature recorded was 20.9 degrees on 14th. There were 13 nights with ground frost and no nights with air frost.

The number of hours of sunshine was 203.6, that is, about 40% higher than the average for April. Last month was the sunniest April since 1921 (209 hrs) and the fourth sunniest since records began in 1880.

Rainfall amounted to 16.1 mm (0.63 inches), that is, just 28% of the monthly average. Thus, last month was the driest April since 1984 (13.9 mm), while the driest April on record occurred in 1842 (0.6 mm).

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.

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