April Drier and Cooler Than Average

Armagh Observatory reports that April was somewhat drier and cooler than average. The total precipitation for the month was 46.4 mm (1.83 inches), that is, about 20% less than the most recent (1981-2010) 30-year average.

The mean monthly temperature was 7.1 degrees Celsius (44.7 degrees Fahrenheit), which is almost 1.5 degrees C lower than the most recent (1981-2010) 30-year average. The maximum temperature was 15.4 degrees C on the 30th, and the lowest air temperature was -1.6 C on the 5th. There were eighteen nights with grass frost and four nights with air frost.

The number of hours of sunshine was 142.7, which is just about equal to 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: 2012 May 2nd