Seventh sunniest March recorded at Harpenden since 1891

FOLLOWING the cold and snowy weather in February, Spring came during March with plenty of sunshine. In fact the 182 hours of sunshine recorded at Rothamsted in Harpenden was 75 hours above average and made it the seventh sunniest March since records bega

FOLLOWING the cold and snowy weather in February, Spring came during March with plenty of sunshine.

In fact the 182 hours of sunshine recorded at Rothamsted in Harpenden was 75 hours above average and made it the seventh sunniest March since records began at the research centre in 1891.

The most recorded was 11.2 hours on Saturday, march 21, and there was just one day with no sun at all.

However the sunny days brought frosty nights with seven air frosts and 19 ground frosts recorded.

The high pressure meant that rainfall was also well below average with 37.3mm or about one-and-a-half inches. The most recorded was 13.4mm on Tuesday, March 3.

The mean maximum temperature was a little above average at 11.3 C and the mean minimum was close to average at 2.4 C.

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