Warmest month in 100 years as April showers stay away

WITH communion and confirmation season upon us and the Punchestown festival off and running many will be hoping the rest of this week and the month ahead can rival a near record April for sunshine.

While it wasn’t quite the warmest April on record nationwide, according to Met Éireann’s latest weather summary it was the warmest and sunniest on record at most weather stations.

At the long-term stations of Malin Head and Valentia Observatory it was the warmest April in over a century of record.

The highest temperatures of the month were recorded on April 10 and between April 20 to 22 when temperatures rose above 20C.

These were the highest April values for at least eight years in many places with Malin Head’s maximum reading of 20.8C on April 22, the highest recorded for that month since the station opened.

The highest temperature recorded anywhere in Ireland was 22.7C at Shannon Airport, the warmest April day since 2003.

Both Dublin Airport and Casement Aerodrome both had their sunniest day on record on April 28, while Belmullet equalled the highest ever daily sunshine value with 14.1 hours on April 29.

Most stations recorded between three and 14 ground frosts during the month, around average for the time of the year but little frost was observed near the Atlantic coast.

Rainfall was also below average at most stations for the month where recordings between 40% — 90% of normal levels were registered. However, totals were above average for the April at Belmullet, Malin Head and Claremorris. Almost all of the month’s rainfall fell during the first half of the month with heavy falls during the first week, with some thunder.

Most stations recorded between four and nine wet days during the month (days with 1mm or more rainfall), about half of the normal number for April of between 10 and 13 wet days.

Weather watchers nationwide have been warned to expect the return of more normal showery conditions with the largely cloudy and wet conditions persisting in Connacht and Munster and spreading countrywide tomorrow.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are expected to see mostly mild and showery conditions throughout the country.

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