Rain on the way

Wednesday 4 May 2011, 17:05

Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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Based on the latest figures from the Met Office it looks like last month in Wales was the driest and sunniest April since 2007.

It was also the warmest April on record (records go back to 1910) with a mean temperature of 10.9 Celsius, which is 3.7 degrees above the long term average.

There was also plenty of sunshine last month, around 211 hours which is 140% of the long term average.

River Usk near Brecon by Laura Williams.

River Usk near Brecon by Laura Williams.

There was only 28.3mm rainfall across Wales (just over an inch) which is about a third of the long term average although some places had less than this - Monmouthshire had just 8.1mm.


River flows across much of Wales are very low for this time of year with rivers in south east Wales being the worst affected. The rivers Wye, Usk and Taff have experienced some of their lowest recorded April flows for over 40 years.


May has got off to a dry start this year but there is a change on the way and the dry spell is on its last legs. The next few days will be warmer with the wind turning more into the south but more unsettled.

Met Office chart for Thursday 5 May at 12 Noon.

Met Office chart for Thursday 5 May at 12 Noon.

Low pressure in the Atlantic looks set to bring us some rain and thundery showers. Not everyone will be pleased but it's good news for the gardeners and farmers.

Derek

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