Thursday, 2 May 2013

Excellent Start

Wednesday got May off to an excellent start with some long sunny periods and feeling mild in the sunshine.

With the facts and figures from April it was rather a strange month with the first half dominated by bitterly cold easterly winds before a sudden switch in the middle of the month to westerly winds bringing milder weather. So the average temperature for the month was below average but not record breakingly so.

Those strong winds throughout the month meant that it was high on the list of windiest months I've recorded with the strongest gust of the year recorded on 18 April.

It was also a dry month with just 12.6mm of rainfall which isn't the driest as that record is still held by April 2011 with only 2.4mm. 
What will May bring? The forecast for the start of the month looks quite promising, certainly through the day, but some milder nights would be most welcome with gardening in mind as tender plants are being hardened off.

I hardly dare say it but a drop of rain wouldn't come amiss especially if it fell during the night.

Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


  1. I think it must be the warmest day of the year today, glorious sunshine, beautiful.

    1. I thought that too but just checked and recorded a max of 18.3°C today at 16:07 but back on April 15th we managed 18.8°C. But I agree with you an absolutely superb day. Got lots done outside.

    2. That's really surprising. Not quite as nice here today, it's a bit overcast at the moment.

  2. Wind free (Easterly or Westerly)would be nice for a break!


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