The cherry blossoms at John's Bridge on April 7th. The cherry blossoms were out early this spring, following a mild January to March period. The start of the month of April was cold and wet at times.
Snow melting away outside the Black Abbey on the morning of March 4th. There was some wet snow late in the afternoon of the 3rd. The month continued very wet until St. Patrick's Day but then followed a quieter warmer spell. March did go out like a lamb.
March Weather Summary:
It was the classic case of in like a lion - out like a lamb. Overall the mean temperature was a little milder than normal with the highest temperature being 16.9 ° recorded on the 28th. There were many pleasant days above 15 C at the end of the month. There were three nights with air frost with the coldest being -1.4° on the 4th.
It was a very wet month however with the bulk of the rain falling in the first half of the month. It was the wettest March since 1996.
A pleasant sunny morning on February 17th with the daffodils full in bloom at the Grange's Road. There were many fine, mild days like this during the month with little or no snow and few frosts. Towards the end of the month there were many warm days and it exceeded 14° on five occasions.
February Weather Summary:
It was a very mild month - our warmest February since 1998. There were only 6 air frosts with the coldest being -3.9° on the 3rd. The warmest temperature of 15.5° was recorded twice, on the 25th and 26th.
Rainfall was well below normal (59%) and the wettest day was on the 6th with 7.0mm. Top gust was on early on the 9th with 71 km/hr.
Newpark fen/marsh on January 11th on a dull but mild evening. The first three weeks were mild, dull and drizzly. There was no frost until the 17th. The month ended on a colder note but did not prevent it from being mildest January in 7 years
January Weather Summary:
A mild,dry month. There were only 6 air frosts. Coldest was the last day of the month with -3.8° and warmest temperature was recorded on the 25th with 12.3°.
There was only 25.3mm of rainfall recorded making it the driest January for 22 years. Wettest day was the 31st with 4.8mm.