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Weather Report – March 2020

In Plymtree March, like last year, was a month of two halves. The unsettled weather which began at the end of September last year continued without interruption until the 15th. Thereafter, apart from a small amount of rain on the 18th, there was then no measureable rainfall for the remainder of the month. In fact what is turning out to be an exceptionally dry period continued into April. More details on this in next month’s report. The total rainfall I measured for the month was 52.4mm. The average (1981-2010) at Dunkeswell Airfield is 79.9mm. This means that we received 66% of the Dunkeswell average. The wettest day of the month was the 9th with 10.0mm. There were 14 rain days (rainfall ≥ 1mm), which compares to an average of 12.7 days for Dunkeswell. Some of the showers that occurred were wintry. It was generally a mild month with only a few frosts. The highest temperature I recorded during March was 16.2°C on the 17th. The lowest temperature, -2.6°C was recorded on the26th. The strongest wind during March occurred during the late morning of the 29th when a gust of 39.6mph was recorded.

Mike Ayles