WE have all heard of April showers – but so far this month has given us cold, wet, windy weather and even snow!
But the good news is that the wintry weather is on its way out and, from next weekend, we will start to see sunshine and temperatures of around 18°C.
Salendine Nook weather expert Paul Stevens says our cold and miserable start to spring has been caused by an area of high pressure in the north and low pressure in the south.
He said: “We have had lots of north and easterly winds and, at this time of year, they are still very cold. We’ve been stuck between these two fronts.”
While snow in April may be a bit unusual, Mr Stevens says wet and windy weather is not uncommon at the start of Spring.
He said: “For the last couple of years, it has been very kind to us and we have started with very warm weather around Easter. So, the fact that it has reverted back to what is maybe more normal has been a bit of a shock.
“Even though we have had a mild winter, the fact that it has finished with six weeks of cold weather makes it feel like we have had a very long winter.”
Fortunately, south westerly winds are set to blow across Britain, giving us warmer weather.
Mr Stevens said: “We are all ready for a bit of warmth. From Tuesday and Wednesday onwards we will start to see temperatures recover. Next weekend we will have temperatures of around 18 or 19°C.”
Rain and wind were the main weather conditions experienced in Huddersfield during March, according to records from the weather station at Huddersfield University’s School of Applied Sciences.
The average monthly temperature was 7.14°C. The warmest day of the month was March 31, when the temperature hit 15.2°C.
The coldest day was March 24, with an average temperature of 2.4°C. The lowest temperature recorded, -1.6°C, was recorded on March 4. Temperatures fell below zero on three days.
A total of 103.6mm of rain fell during March – making it the third wettest since records began at the station in 1990.
The wettest day was March 11 with 16.4mm of rain. Only eight days of the month escaped rain.
The average windspeed for the month was 18.9km per hour. The highest windspeed of 141.48km per hour was recorded on March 21.