Strongest gust for seven years recorded in Sheffield

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They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb - but in Sheffield the weather remained fierce throughout.

New figures from the Museums Sheffield Weston Park weather station show March was the wettest in Sheffield for seven years, with 66.6mm of the wet stuff falling and even snow on some occasions.

Windy weather towards the end of the month also saw the strongest March gust of wind recorded since 2008 - with a top speed of 58 miles per hour notched up.

Although it might not have felt like it, the month was slightly warmer than average at 6.6 degrees when usually the average for the month is 6.2 degrees.

Alistair McLean, curator of natural sciences at Museums Sheffield, said: “We’ve had some pretty impressive storms, paticularly at the end of the month and we recorded a gust at 58 miles an hour which is very strong.

“Our mast is on top of the university’s geography building but the Met Office has one on Bradfield Moor, so God only knows what speed that mast recorded!

“We had hail during the storms and on some occasions we even recorded it as snow - there is that middle ground between the two - but it didn’t settle, we just recorded that it had happened.”

The wettest March on record in Sheffield was in 1981 when 149.9mm of rain fell.

The average rainfall for March is usually 68mm.

The previous strongest gust of wind recorded in Sheffield in March was in 2008, when it was a 68 miles per hour.

The historic weather station at Weston Park shares its data with Star readers every month.