Sunniest April ever recorded in Sheffield - figures show

7 April 2015...families enjoy the unseasonably warm weather at the Peace Gardens in Sheffield. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/98b
7 April 2015...families enjoy the unseasonably warm weather at the Peace Gardens in Sheffield. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/98b
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April was the sunniest in Sheffield for 117 years – even though it snowed during the month – new figures show.

The Museums Sheffield weather station, in Weston Park, recorded 230 hours of sunshine last month.

That is the highest level for the month since the station began recording sunshine hours in 1898, and almost double the average amount for April of 130 hours.

Alistair McLean, Museums Sheffield curator of natural sciences and weather station manager, said: “Having a record like this doesn’t happen too often, maybe once or twice a year, so to get one dating back so far is nice.

“Although it was much sunnier than average we recorded winds from the north, so they were bringing a lot of chill factor, which is why people might not have felt it was that sunny.

But, without the winds, the sun was quite strong.”

The previous sunniest April in Sheffield was 2007, when 206 hours of sunshine were recorded.

However, snow also fell on Tuesday, April 28, although the flurries did not settle.

Mr McLean said: “It’s not all that unusual for us to get snow during April – a few years ago we had quite a bit of it.”

The weather station also recorded a mean temperature for April of 9.6C, which is higher than the usual monthly average of 8.2C.

And there was just 24mm of rain – compared with the average April showers brining 63mm.

However, those people still disappointed by the weather may take comfort from figures which show the dullest April in 1920 had just 64 hours of sunshine, while the wettest April –just five years ago – endured 173.2mm of rainfall.