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Weather Report – April 2021

In Plymtree April was a very dry and rather cold month. However, having said that daytime temperatures were quite reasonable, especially in the sun and shelter from the cool north winds. It was overnight temperatures that were low. The frequency of air frosts (minimum temperature below 0°C) was well above the average of 3 for April at Dunkeswell with 12 occurring. In fact if you include those occasions when the minimum temperature was between 1°C and 0°C, in other words include those nights when a ground frost probably occurred but not an air frost, then the total is 17. For the period 1st to the 26th there were only 2 rain days (24 hour period from 0900 to 0900 GMT the following day). The total rainfall I measured for the month was 15.2mm. The average (1981-2010) at Dunkeswell Airfield is 75.0mm. This means that we received only 20% of the Dunkeswell average. Most of the month’s rain fell during the last 4 days of the month. The total of 4.5mm for the first 26 days equates to only 6% of the Dunkeswell average. This was almost identical to last April which also saw very little rain during the first 26 days. The main difference was it was much warmer. The wettest day of the month was the 27th with just 7.5mm. When showers did occur they were often wintry. On the 1st cars and outside surfaces were covered with a layer of Saharan dust following a very slight shower. There were only 4 rain days (rainfall ≥ 1mm), which compares to an average of 11.0 days for Dunkeswell. The highest temperature I recorded during April was 18.9°C on the 21st. The lowest temperature, -2.6°C was recorded on the 6th. The strongest wind recorded by Pete Draper at Normans Green was 30.4mph on the afternoon of the 6th.

Mike Ayles