Dry and sunny April so far

It has been a dry and sunny picture for the first half of April.

Provisional mid-month statistics (1-15th April) show areas such as the City of London, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight having recorded around half a millimetre of rainfall so far this month, just 1% of the monthly average. In fact, for many areas of the UK there has been no appreciable rainfall since 19th March.

Provisional Rainfall Sunshine
1-15 April Actual mm % of monthly average  Actual hours % of monthly average 
UK 9.2 13.0 98.5 66.0
England 2.9 5.0 117.0 75.0
Wales 8.3 9.0 111.2 72.0
Scotland 19.8 22.0 66.2 49.0
Northern Ireland 8.9 12.0 88.9 60.0

Northern Scotland has been the wettest area of the UK, but even there they have only seen 29% of their monthly average.

Rainfall 1-15th April 2020 compared to the monthly average

The provisional mid-month figures (1-15th April) show the first half of April has also been sunny for England and Wales with around three quarters of the normal monthly sunshine. Areas such as the West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Berkshire and Rutland having seen more than 80%.

Daytime temperatures for the country as a whole are so far 2.5°C above the monthly average (1-15th April) with mean temperatures 1.6°C above the average for April.

Provisional Max temp Mean temp
1-15th April Actual °C °C above average  Actual °C °C above average 
UK 14.0 2.5 9.0 1.6
England 15.8 3.4 10.2 2.1
Wales 15.1 3.5 9.7 2.1
Scotland 10.8 1.0 7.0 0.9
Northern Ireland 13.3 1.7 8.9 1.3

However, as we look ahead at the second half of April the prolonged spell of dry weather may be about to end with rain on the way for some.

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