April 2011. Warmest since 1659. Update
UPDATE on Tue 3rd May
Bradford Lister Park, with records back to 1906, has also recorded its driest (previously 2007) and warmest April (previously 1966) on record, and its sunniest (previously 1942).
New records too (for lowest rainfall) at Linton on Ouse and Church Fenton.
Figures released by the Met Office next week are expected to show that April 2011 has been the warmest ever recorded according to Central England Temperature (CET) records, which is the longest temperature data set in the world, with records going back to 1659.
The April record was last set only 4 years ago in 2007; before that the previous warmest April on record was in 1865.
It continues a run of incredible temperature extremes, coming hot off the heels of December 2010 which was the second coldest December since 1659, and the coldest since 1890.
Locally, April 2011 will also be the warmest on record at Leeming in North Yorkshire.
April 2011 will also not only be the driest April on record at the North Yorkshire station, but their driest month ever, with less than 2mm for the entire month.
The previous driest April was in 1954 (5.4mm); and the previous driest month was February 1985, with 2.9mm of rain. Records go back to 1945.