The warmest 19 April since 1772

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I was keen to publish the fact that Thursday – the 19th of April – had been the warmest for that day since 1772 in Central England, but because there’s be an ongoing communications or observational problem down at the Met Office, I was delayed till the CET data for Thursday finally arrived this morning.

The 19th also set an extreme maximum record (23.0°C) as well as a new highest mean of 16.4°C, which was 7.95°C above the 1961-1990 long-term average, and a full 1°C higher than the previous high set in 1870.

Extreme records like this don’t happen that often, but in my experience when they do you often get a pair, as was the case with the 18th and 19th of this month. These values are of course provisional but I doubt if they’ll change much.

There may be a chance that the 20th has also set a new extreme to make it three in a row, but because of the data problem I won’t know that till tomorrow at the earliest. Don’t forget you can keep up with the latest daily CET on my Meteograph website.

Author: xmetman

An ex-metman passionate about all things to do with weather, climate and clouds

3 thoughts on “The warmest 19 April since 1772”

  1. I think that warning was overstated. Most of it was from medium level instability. The main event was along the south coast which they reacted very late on.

  2. Just heard a peal of thunder, although there is no sign of any rain as yet.

    Some “heavy showers” have now appeared in the MO forecast.

    Doesn’t seem warm enough for thunderstorms.

  3. What do you think about the yellow warning for rain which is in force from 16:00 tonight until tomorrow at 03:00?

    It covers Whitley Bay, but there is no rain in the forecast (or at least it is <5% probability) until after the warning expires, at 11:00 on Sunday.

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