Ain’t no sunshine as May was ‘dullest’ in Sheffield for years

4 June 2013 ....4 year old Eve Heppenstall cools off in the fountain in Sheffield's Peace Gardens as the warm,sunny weather looks set to continue into next week.
4 June 2013 ....4 year old Eve Heppenstall cools off in the fountain in Sheffield's Peace Gardens as the warm,sunny weather looks set to continue into next week.
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Sunshine was a rarity in Sheffield last month as the city had its dullest May for six years.

Just 177.2 hours of sun were recorded in Sheffield during May, according to observers at Museums Sheffield’s weather station in Weston Park.

That is the lowest amount since 2007, when there were 147.6 hours of sunshine, and lower than the current 30-year average of 185 hours.

The temperature was just as gloomy, averaging 11.1 degrees, the lowest since 2010.

Spring may have sprung but jumpers were still needed as the thermometer dropped as low as 2.9 degrees.

Even the hottest day of the month, when it was 21.6 degrees, was lower than it had been for two years previously.

Plenty of rain fell too, with 77.8mm in total recorded, the highest amount since 2009 and higher than the 30-year average of 56mm.

The Weston Park weather station has agreed to share its monthly data with Star readers this year.

So far the city has shivered through the driest April for six years - in contrast to the wettest April on record in 2012 - and the second coldest March on record ever.

Although the ice creams and shorts came out briefly in the Peace Gardens last week, it looks as though the sunny spell isn’t set to last into this week.

Forecasters at the Meteo Group said today would be cloudy with light rain spreading across the Sheffield area during the afternoon and a maximum temperature of 18 degrees.

Tomorrow will bring a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers with a maximum temperature of 20 degrees.

Alexi Boothman, forecaster, added: “Thursday will still be quite unsettled with a bit of wind about, so it will be breezy with scattered showers, with the possibility of them becoming heavy, and thunder.

“The maximum day temperature is 18 degrees and the minimum will be 10 degrees.”

Friday is expected to have a fine start but turn to showers in the afternoon and the weekend is also likely to be ‘unsettled’ weather-wise.

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