Here are the - almost final at the time of writing - details of this
strange 'backwards' Spring that we have been experiencing so far in the UK.
March 2012 April 2012
UK mean temperature 7.7 C Either 6.2 C or 6.3 C
UK rainfall 36.4 mm More than 121.8 mm
It has been the wettest April recorded in just over 100 years' of
records. March was the fifth driest March in the record.
March was also the third warmest in the record. April 2012 was, as
expected, the coldest April since 1989.
For an April to be around 1.5 Celsius cooler than the preceding month
is UNPRECEDENTED during the last 100 years! Whilst Spring warmth can
often be followed by Spring cold, the only other previous broadly
similar pattern between March and April was in 1938 when April was just
over 1 C cooler.
I checked to see whether any May mean temperatures have been well
below April of the same year. The answer? Not even ONCE, in just over
100 years, has a May been cooler than April of the same year.
I'm about to read an article on the BBC News website, just spotted, about the April temperature.