April showers

Tuesday 10 April 2012, 15:22

Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

As expected the weather wasn't brilliant over the Easter weekend. Some places enjoyed a little sunshine on Saturday but most of the time it was cloudy and yesterday was a bit of a washout.

I spent the weekend in Gwynedd and did a lovely walk from Porthmadog to Borth y Gest and Morfa Bychan. This forms part of the Wales Coast Path which officially opens on 5 May.

Capel Curig in Snowdonia was one of the wettest places yesterday with 35mm (1.5 inches) of rain recorded in 24 hours.

We do of course need the rain given that February and March were dry but it was just a shame it didn't come at night.

The next few days will bring typical April weather, in others words sunshine and showers. Some of the showers will be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder with sunny spells in between.

Later in the week it will turn cooler and a little snow is likely on some of the hills and mountains. Inland it will also be cold enough at night for some ground frost, especially in rural areas.

Last April was the warmest April in Wales for 100 years but it's a different story this year as the rest of the month looks rather unsettled and cool.

The unusually warm weather we enjoyed in March is now a distant memory. Hopefully that was not our summer and May will bring us some warmer weather.

In the meantime, let's hope this old saying comes true: "March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers".


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