Warm, Dry and Sunny April

Armagh Observatory reports that April 2014 was the third warmest April on record at Armagh, that is, since daily temperature measurements at Armagh Observatory began around 1795. It was also drier and rather sunnier than average.

The mean monthly temperature was 10.5 degrees Celsius, approximately 2 degrees Celsius warmer than the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year average for April. The warmest day (highest maximum air temperature was 19.7 degrees C on the 29th, and the coolest night (lowest minimum air temperature) was 0.1 degrees C on the 20th. There were 14 nights with ground frost. This was the third warmest April on record, i.e. since daily temperature measurements at Armagh Observatory began around 1795. The three warmest Aprils at Armagh are now those of 2011 (11.7 degrees C), 2007 (11.2 degrees C) and 2014 (10.5 degrees C).

Total precipitation for the month was 46.2 mm (1.8 inches), approximately 20% less than the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year average for April. The wettest day was the 2nd, with 16.1mm of rainfall.

There were also 168.9 hours of strong sunshine, almost exactly the same as the previous April (April 2013 had 169.0 hours of strong sunshine) and approximately 18% more than the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year April average. The sunniest day was the 24th with a total of 13.6 hours of strong sunshine.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Mark Bailey at the Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG. Tel.: 028-3752-2928; FAX: 028-3752-7174; mebat signarm.ac.uk; URL: climate.arm.ac.uk.

Last Revised: 2014 May 6th