March 2019

The showers at the end of February were the precursor of an unsettled, wet period from the beginning of March to the 18th. There was measurable rainfall for every day during this period (except one, with just a trace) but often only a fraction of a millimetre. The total was 36.4mm, which was to be the total for the month and was 86.8% of my 25 year average. This was brought in by NW or SW winds on the eastern periphery of Atlantic depressions.

There were more significant falls on 5th (8mm), 9th (5mm) and 7.9mm on 12th was brought by storm Gareth. Weather was, of course, unsettled and breezy but interspersed with sunny spells. Temperatures were mostly in lower teens apart from three days in the 9°C's. Nights fell between a range from 9.7°C - 2.7°C.

A change occurred at the equinox on 20th when high pressure from northern Europe took over, with very light northerly winds, cloudy for the first few days but becoming sunny, warm and spring like from 23rd. Temperatures crept up reaching a maximum for the month of 16.8°C on 30th. Nights were much the same as earlier and the only frosts recorded during the month were ground frosts on 26th (1.8°C, minimum for the month) and 2.7°C on 30th. With mild conditions throughout, the average for the month was 2.3°C above my 30 year average and only exceeded, by 0.2°C, in 2017.

March was very much a month of two parts, the first 18 days damp and windy but mild and the last ten days settled, sunny and warm.

Mike Wilkins

25 year Rainfall averages are from 1992-2016
30 year Temperature averages are from 1981-2010