THE weather may have turned cooler and wetter but the provisional early statistics show that for the UK as a whole it has been the sunniest April on record – with figures dating back to 1929.
Between the April 1 to 27 there were 215.8 hours of sunshine recorded, 46 per cent above the average for the month, beating the previous record set in 2015 of 211.9 hours of sunshine, says the Met Office.
This has been the result of persistent high-pressure systems over or close to the UK resulting in an extended spell of fine, dry and sunny weather since late March.
Central and eastern areas of the UK have been among the sunniest this month with early provisional statistics showing a number of areas have broken sunshine records:
Cambridgeshire, 64 per cent above average, with 257.8 hours so far beating the 1942 record of 236 hours
Leicestershire, 66 per cent above average, with 234.2 hours so far, beating the 2015 record of 222.7 hours
Northamptonshire, 64 per cent above average, 245.7 hours so far, beating the 1942 record of 224 hours
Nottinghamshire, 66 per cent above average with 239.4 so far, beating the 2015 record of 236.9 hours
Rutland, 67 per cent above average with 247.4 hours so far, beating the 1942 record of 227.8 hours
Overall it has also been a relatively warm and dry month.
However the weather broke yesterday, Tuesday, April 28.
Chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Andy Page, said: “After several weeks of high pressure bringing plenty of dry, warm and sunny weather across the UK, this week we’re seeing the return low pressure, allowing Atlantic weather systems to once again move across the UK, bringing unsettled, cooler weather.”