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Warming up after chill




Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

April reversed the warming trend of the past couple of months. Both daytime and overnight temperatures were well below what is expected at this time of year.

Rainfall was also slightly below average, the one exception being the 4th with 12.5mm of rain over a short period – nearly half the rainfall for the month thus far. Temperatures were climbing as we headed towards Easter, but were then due to turn changeable.

April 2019 (to the 17th)
Mean Max  10.6C  2.2 below average
Mean Min   2.2C   1.4 below average
Mean        6.4C    1.8 below average
Rainfall   27.5mm   41% of average
Sunshine  66.2 hrs  56% of average

March was a month of two halves. The first 18 days were very wet with the entire month’s rainfall of 68.5mm. This was then followed by 13 days with no rainfall. This same period gave about 70% of the month’s sunshine. Again, the mean temperature was warmer than the local mean by 1.8 C.

March 2019
Mean Max  11.8C  1.8 above average
Mean Min   4.2C   1.8 above average
Mean       8.0C   1.8 above average
Rainfall     68.5mm  152% of average
Sunshine 116.2 hrs  122% of average


During the first half of May, there is a slightly greater chance of some longer dry spells, but also brief, more changeable interludes. Temperatures will probably be near or slightly above average. However, as is usual at this time of year, there will be some marked variations through the period.

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