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Friday, April 27, 2007

April temperature record

Apparently we are all set for the warmest April on record. Apparently the provisional average temperature is 11.1c a whacking 3.2c above average. Even in Wales the provisional temperature is 9.7c or 2.5 above average. Given that this weekend is meant to be a "ooh what a scorcher" the record looks likely.

Tim Sparks, from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, said

"It has not been the month of showers," he told BBC News. "If it is this dry in April, it does not bode well for the summer.

"Shallow root species will be especially vulnerable if we do have a dry summer."

Apparently though we are in a better position water wise than we wree last year. We had a lot of rain last winter and so ground water is at a hihg level than it has been for the previous two summers.

The increasing temperatures may cause problems for returning migrants. The early warm weather could mean that their food source (e.g. insects ) are about earlier and that young are not hatched in prime feeding time.


oldcrow61 said...

How lovely to have warm weather. I think we have had the coldest April in years. It would be awful though if it affected the birds and their food source.

Jan said...

The forecast has changed for here now, we've got thunder storms for Sunday apparently now. Whoopee do. Not. :(