Harpenden’s Rothamsted Research record warm and dry March

SUNNY and dry with temperatures close to the March 30-year average - that was the verdict on the weather last month from Rothamsted Experimental Station in Harpenden.

Rainfall was 40.8mm below average with only 10mm recorded. There were 12 days with 0.2mm or more of rain but no days with more than 5mm. The wettest day was Wednesday, March 30, with 4.2mm and the month emerged as the eighth driest on Rothamsted’s records which began in 1893.

Sunshine was well above the 114.9 hours average for March at 149.6 hours and on Saturday, March 19, the sun shone for 11.1 hours. Three days had no sunshine.

Both maximum and minimum temperatures were close to average at 10.7 degrees C and 2.4 degrees C respectively. The highest temperature was 16.8 degrees C on Friday, March 25, and the lowest minimum was -3.9 degrees C on the night of Tuesday, March 8.

In total there were seven air frosts and 15 ground frosts.