April weather ‘a strange pattern’ in Sheffield

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Sheffield residents have just experienced their driest April for six years, new weather statistics reveal.

Data collated at Museums Sheffield’s Weston Park Weather Station showed the rainfall total for the month was 10.4mm, making April the driest since 2007 as spring finally came to the city.

It is a direct contrast to April 2012 - which was the wettest on record for the area.

The driest Sheffield April on record was in 1957 when just 2.2mm of rain fell.

Alistair McLean, curator of natural science at Museums Sheffield, said: “The weather is up and down at the moment – we seem to be entering a pattern of strange weather.

“We often find that if it’s wet one year in a certain month then it is dry the next.

“As for next April, we can never guarantee what the weather is going to do, unfortunately. If only we could.”

Weston Park, part of Museums Sheffield, has agreed to share its monthly weather reports with readers of The Star.

Its report for April said it was a broadly average month in weather terms. Data also showed the mean average temperature for the month stood at 7.8 degrees.

April 2013 was cooler than average, but not as cool as April 2012.

The two cooler years have followed April 2011, which was another contrast as it was the warmest April on record in Sheffield.

April also featured the warmest day of the year so far.

Temperatures reached the heights of 18 degrees on Sunday, April 14.

Alistair added: “We didn’t break any big Sheffield records in April, unlike March which was the coldest since 1883.

“April started off very cold but as the month went on it started to warm up a little bit.

“We have also had some enquiries come in regarding the low number of insects about - and this is partly down to the cold March weather.”

Look out for more weather reports from Museums Sheffield in The Star.