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Weather Report – April 2020

In Plymtree the dry spell that started in the middle of March continued for most of April. For the period 1st to the 26th there were only 3 rain days (24 hour period from 0900 to 0900 GMT the following day). In fact the rainfall attributed to the 16th and 17th actually all occurred on the 17th. The total rainfall I measured for the month was 30.8mm. The average (1981-2010) at Dunkeswell Airfield is 75.0mm. This means that we received only 41% of the Dunkeswell average. Most of the month’s rain fell during the last 4 days of the month. The total of 7.8mm for the first 26 days equates to only 10% of the Dunkeswell average. The wettest day of the month was the 30th with just 6.7mm. There were only 7 rain days (rainfall ≥ 1mm), which compares to an average of 11.0 days for Dunkeswell. The highest temperature I recorded during April was 26.2°C on the 11th. The lowest temperature, -2.3°C was recorded on the 1st. This was one of only two air frosts during the month. The strongest wind recorded by Pete Draper at Normans Green was 34.2mph early on the morning of the 13th.

Mike Ayles