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Whatever happened to April showers?; NEAR DROUGHT ... AND SO WARM.

Byline: LUCY WILSON

LAST month was the warmest April for 16 years.

Staff and pupils at Bablake School in Coundon Road, Radford, Coventry, who monitor the weather at the weather station in the school grounds, said their readings showed people in Coventry enjoyed average temperatures of 10C.

That makes the month the warmest April since 1987, when the temperature was a slightly warmer 10.9C.

And March was the sunniest since records began in 1892.

During April, the coldest night was on the 8th, when temperatures dropped to minus 2C. The warmest day was on the 16th, when temperatures soared to 25.3C.

Weather station head Steve Jackson said: "With temperature records dating back to 1892, only six April months have been warmer than 2003.

"April is traditionally one of our driest months in Coventry. Only February records less rain on average in this region. It is no surprise, therefore, to find that we had an 18-day near drought during April, with 86percent of the monthly total (29mm) falling in the last seven days of the month."

From March 11 to April 20 (39 days) there were only two wet days in Coventry (March 31 and April 1).

"With the monthly rainfall total 41percent below the 30 year climatological normal for Coventry, this has been the driest April in the city since 1997 (25.4mm)," said Mr Jackson. He added that only nine April months had recorded more sunshine (190.1 hours) than 2003 in the past 110 years.

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Date:May 7, 2003
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