Remarkably warm weather for early April

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  • Remarkably warm weather for early April
    07.04.2011 07:02

     

    In 2010 the cold and snow at the end to winter and start of spring meant that flowers were late blooming. 

    This year, though, spring blooms are burgeoning up to two weeks early due to the warmth. Already there are bluebells pushing through the grass in some southern regions.

    Early April this year is very different to last year, with temperatures climbing above 20 degrees Celsius in many areas. The warmest place was Santon Downham in Norfolk which reached an astonishingly high 23.9 degrees Celsius.

    That makes Wednesday the UK's warmest April 6th on record. The previous highest temperature on this date was 23.3 deg C recorded in Southampton in 1892.

    The record for the month of April was, however, not threatened. That stands at 29.4 deg C in London on April 16th 1949. The highest temperature for the first week of April is 26.5 deg C, recorded in London on April 4th 1946.

    Last year it was not until May 20th that it got as warm as Wednesday. And April 6th 2008 was remarkably different -- it was cold and snowy, with temperatures around Kent, for example, only reaching 2 deg C, and large parts of the south blanketed in snow as deep as 11cm.

     

     

     

     

    By: Stephen Davenport