APRIL  2014

April 2014 was a warm, cloudy and very dry month.
The rainfall total of just 6.4 millimetres was 39 mm below the average, lowest for April since 2005 (2.4 mm). There were six very light falls with the highest daily total being 2.8 mm on the 28th.
Temperatures were warmer than normal, particularly in the first half of the month, but cooler conditons gradually prevailed in the last two weeks. There were no notable temperature extremes.

The first frosts of the year arrived from the 17th which produced a frost-free period of 130 days since the last frost on 7th December 2013.
Winds were mostly light westerlies.

There were no noteworthy events.

APRIL 2014 STATISTICS  (long term averages in brackets)

Rainfall:  6.4 mm (45.3 mm)

Rain days:  6  (8)
2014 rainfall total Jan to Apr:  175.0 mm  (301.2 mm)

Average maximum temp:  21.3 deg  (20.0 deg)   

Average minimum temp:  7.7 deg  (6.3 deg)   

Highest maximum temp:  26.0 deg on the 3rd 

Lowest maximum temp:  15.1 deg on the 30th

Highest minimum temp:  14.1 deg on the 2nd

Lowest minimum temp:  0.4 deg on the 18th

Fine sunny days:  12  (16)

Ideal weather days:  0  (3)

Days with thunderstorms:  2  (1)

Days with frosts:  6  (5)    

Days with fogs:  3  (5)

Wind direction at 3pm & number of days:  W: 14,  E: 6,  S: 4,  SE: 3,  NE: 1,  SW: 1,  NW: 1

Average daily pan evaporation:  2.5 mm  (2.5 mm)

Thunderstorm details:

5th:    11.05pm - slight storm from west - 0.6 mm rain

26th:  5.00-7.00pm  thunder heard in south-west - 0.1 mm rain