May 012020

April 2020 was warmer than average (10.04°C versus an average of 8.56), drier than average (14.40 mm versus an average total of 36.84) and calmer than average (a wind run of 2552 miles versus an average of 2817).

The maximum temperature in the month was 22.3°C recorded at 15:12 on the 11th, the highest temperature since 27.8°C was recorded on August 27th 2019. The minimum temperature was 0.0°C recorded at 08:22 on the 14th. The average temperature in the month was 10.0°C. The average daily high temperature was 15.4°C, and the average daily low temperature was 5.2°C. The warmest day was the 11th with an average temperature of 15.6°C, with the coolest day being the 1st with an average temperature of 6.0°C.

The average wind chill in the month was 9.5°C and the average dew point was 5.1°C. The high dew point was 13.4°C at 16:57 on the 11th. There were 222.9 hours of sunshine in the month, with the sunniest day being the 16th with 10.43 hours of sun recorded. Sunshine hours were 40.9 above the average for April, and the sunniest April recorded here.

Rainfall in the month was 14.4 millimetres recorded on 9 days, with no snow recorded. The yearly totel of rainfall was 213.4 millimetres, 130% of normal for the end of April. The wettest day was the 28th when 5.8 millimetres was recorded. The highest rain rate of 14.4 millimetres per hour was recorded at 01:19 on the 13th.

The highest barometric pressure of 1030.5 millibars was at 00:49 on the 14th. The lowest pressure was 988.7 millibars recorded at 15:54 on the 30th. The average pressure in the month was 1016.8 millibars. The highest humidity was 99% and the monthly average humidity was 73%. The lowest humidity was 27% at 18:20 on the 15th, the lowest of 2020 so far.

Wind speeds were below average, with the highest wind gust speed of 25 mph being recorded at 16:26 on the 2nd. The maximum wind speed was 14 mph at 15:25 on the 21st. The wind run was 2551.6 miles, 476.2 miles below the April average and a low for the month. The average gust speed in the month was 5.5 mph, and the average wind speed was 3.6 mph. The predominant direction was south south-easterly (155°).

The maximum high solar radiation recorded at 13:50 on the 13th was 1125 w/m², the highest since 1144w/m² was recorded on July 18th 2019.. The average solar radiation for the month was 187 w/m². The highest U.V. Index was 4.0, the highest since 4.1 was recorded on September 15th 2019.

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