An unsettled April draws to a close.

April was a predominantly unsettled month, with little in the way of consistent warmth, especially over England, and hence the advance of spring seemed to be rather slow, though it was more settled for a time around mid-month, this being followed by a return to rather chilly conditions.

meantemp 0423

Although, temperatures fluctuated somewhat throughout April the average is close to or a little below average for the month overall, with Northern Ireland warmest relative to average. A milder spell mid-month was balanced by rather colder conditions towards the end of the month.

Provisional statisticsMaximum temp
°C
Minimum temp
°C
Mean temp
°C
April 2023Actual1991/2020
Anomaly
Actual1991/2020
Anomaly
Actual1991/2020
Anomaly
UK11.9-0.13.7-0.17.8-0.1
England12.6-0.44.2-0.18.4-0.3
Wales12.0-0.24.20.18.1-0.0
Scotland10.70.42.5-0.26.60.1
Northern Ireland12.50.54.80.88.60.6
Provisional temperature statistic for April 2023

Sunshine was close to normal expectations overall for April, but with the north and east generally brighter relative to average than the south and west.

sunshine 0423

Rainfall was very close to average overall, but with regional variations, most parts of Scotland being drier than average, but southern and eastern England being rather wet. For example, Kent saw 185% of its average rainfall while West Lothian saw just 59%. At least one weather station in Kent (East Malling) reported more than twice its normal rainfall.

rainfall 0423

Provisional statisticsRainfall
mm / %
Sunshine
hours / %
April 2023Actual1991/2020
Anomaly
Actual1991/2020
Anomaly
UK69.897158.2102
England63.9114160.098
Wales77.788142.490
Scotland73.779162.9115
Northern Ireland89.7121137.793
Provisional rainfall and sunshine statistics for April 2023

Storm Noa on 12 April 2023 was the second named storm of the 2022/2023 storm season. It was named by Meteo-France and brought widespread gusts of over 58 mph around the coastline of England and Wales. It was an unusually severe storm for the time of year and the most significant April wind storm to affect England and Wales since April 2013. Some weather stations recorded new April wind gust records. For example Isle of Portland (74 mph), St Bee’s Head (79 mph) and Shap in Cumbria (67 mph).

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