02 May 2007

April , the warmest on record

Perhaps unsurprisingly last month was officially the warmest April since records began in 1659.The average UK temperature for the month, (which takes into account both day and night readings), was 11.2C (52F). This broke the previous highest average of 10.6C (51F) set in 1865.

The highest individual temperature recorded was 26.5C (79.7F) at Herstmonceux in East Sussex on April 15. Much of April was dry and a few places recorded no rain at all. Forecaster Paul Knightley said the unseasonal heat meant 2007 was likely to eclipse 2006 as the warmest year on record.

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