A month of two halves

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Looking back, March 2010 was a 'month of two halves'. The first half was cold and very dry with some sharp frosts.

At Capel Curig in Conwy, the temperature dropped to - 8 Celsius on 8 March but by day there was plenty of sunshine.

However, during the second half of the month - the weather turned milder, wetter and more unsettled in the last week, bringing rainfall totals closer to the normal average.

Across Wales, 95.4mm of rain fell, 80% of the long term average. March was also sunnier than normal with 132.2 hours, 135% of the long term average.

Maximum temperatures were higher than normal but minimum temperatures were lower than normal because of the clear skies during the first half of the month which led to low night time temperatures and frosts.

Looking ahead, the next few days are looking fine and settled with high pressure over us :)

It will become warmer too but given that the sea is still chilly - some coasts will be cooler where the wind is blowing in off the sea.

Also, if you're gardener - beware, the nights will turn chilly with a risk of ground frost in rural areas and the countryside.

Meanwhile - Karen and Rob Hordley from a farm in Haverfordwest have been in touch to report their first swallow of the year which flew in on Easter Monday and was later joined today by a few house martins today.

Ashley Cohen, North Wales sent in this pic to our Flickr group, of a sand martin returning to it's nest on 3 April:


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