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Weather Report – March 2021

In Plymtree there was a good deal of settled weather during March, with the only spell of unsettled weather being between the 9th and the 14th. The first week was rather cold with some hard overnight frosts. However, it became warmer during the second half of the month and positively spring like during the last few days. Unfortunately this wasn’t to last going into April as you will read in next month’s report. The total rainfall I measured for the month was 47.0mm. The average (1981-2010) at Dunkeswell Airfield is 79.9mm. This means that we received only 59% of the Dunkeswell average. The wettest day of the month was the 12th with 9.5mm. There were 10 rain days (rainfall ≥ 1mm), which compares to an average of 12.7 days for Dunkeswell.Some of the showers between the 11th and the 13th were accompanied by hail. The highest temperature I recorded during March was 22.9°C in the shelter of my back garden on the 30th. The lowest temperature, -4.9°C was recorded on the 8th. A total of 6 air frosts (minimum temperature below 0°C) were recorded. The strongest wind during March, recorded by Pete Draper at Normans Green following his system upgrade, occurred during the early morning of the 11th when a gust of 53.2mph was recorded during a very windy spell between the 10th and the 16th.

Mike Ayles