April began cold, with the temperature not reaching 10[°Con the first two days. Slight air frosts on 2nd & 3rd were the only ones in the month (-0.7°C & -1.3°C). However, on the night of 3rd/4th unsettled, milder conditions moved in bringing just 4.4mm rain. The wind was still light between west & south for a week or so. The temperature reached double figures; up to 18.4°C on 11th. More rain, 7.3mm, 2.3mm & 1.0mm was recorded on 6th,8th & 11th. The last 1.0mm proved to be the final rain for the month (apart from 0.3mm early on May morning*). High pressure and light winds dominated the rest of the month bringing much warm sun but also a lot of cloudy days when the very light winds failed to disperse the cloud. The temperature exceeded 20°C between 15th-17th, with a maximum for the month of 21.5°C on 15th. Apart from 30th (1.6°C with a ground frost), night temperatures during this period were mostly in the mid to upper single figures. There was a total of two air frosts and four ground frosts throughout, all very slight. Overall, April 2022 was mild, warmer than 2021 but cooler than 2020 and 1.45°C above my long-term average. There was a mixture of warm sun and overcast, determined by the very light winds. It was very dry, the driest April since 2017 and the driest month since May 2020.
25 year Rainfall averages are from 1992-2016
30 year Temperature averages are from 1981-2010
30 year temperature averages for Steventon are from 1981-2010
25 year rainfall averages are from 1992-2016
Summary data from Mike Wilkins, January 2021