April 2020 Monthly Weather Report – Very Warm and Dry

April 2020 was an extraordinary month in more senses than just Weather. By now, you’ve probably noticed that we’re still in lockdown. The confusion of the second half of March continued into the first part of April, but I got the feeling that people were gradually getting used to it. The weather had also been tempting to those who were desperate to be outside. See some photographs from lockdown in Durham Although I don’t record it at Durham, the Met Office have said that April 2020 was exceptionally sunny. This was apparent to me because we’d spent a good deal …

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Incredible Red Sunset in Durham April 26th 2020

Just had this photo sent of the incredible sunset of 26th April. The sun was setting under a shallow cloud cover and it produced this red sunset and double rainbow. The cloud produced the first measurable rain for 2 weeks, in what looks destined to be one of the driest Aprils on record in Durham. The driest April was in 1938. This month only received 2mm of rainfall.

April 2019 Monthly Report – Still a deficit of rainfall

April began quite cold, with some snow over high ground and even to lower levels in Durham. None of it lay on the ground, but the strong north westerly and northerly winds made it feel unseasonably cold. It gradually began to warm up by day, but cold at night before mid month. It was quite wet in the first week, with 21.4mm falling in the period 2nd-4th, but then the weather turned dry and nothing was recorded at all in the period from the 8th to the 24th. The weather peaked over the Easter weekend, with sunny fine conditions and …

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Spring from Pelaw Wood, April 2017

A beautiful day in mid-Spring, 2017. The view is from Pelaw Woods across the River Wear to the cricket and rugby club grounds. The pathway at the bottom of the photograph is still being repaired after a landslip during wet weather in 2013 caused the hillside to collapse. The repair work has taken several years to complete. More details of the work is detailed below. Friends of Pelaw Wood Website

April 2007 – Warmest April by far

April 2007 Yet another record breaker, April 2007 was a whopping 0.6 degC warmer than the previous warmest April (1865) on the Central England Temperature series. Again, a long term record beaten. Also noteable is the fact that 2006 was the warmest year on record and the first third of this year is more than 2 degC warmer than the equivalent period in 2006. Quite incredible. The Ferryhill record for April 2007