Frostiest April for at least 60 years in UK

11 frosts, 4 falls of snow including one with over 50% snowcover at 9am.

Impressive. At least the latter part of the month has been pleasant in the sun, if not biting in the wind and shade.

Official blog of the Met Office news team

Frosty conditions have been common throughout April this year – Image: Shutterstock

April 2021 has provisionally been the frostiest in at least 60 yearsfor the UK, topping the previous frostiest April in 1970, with records going back to 1960.

April 2021 has already seen an average of 13 days of air frosts reported for the UK, topping the 11 days seen in April 1970. The frosty conditions have been replicated across the UK, with England (12 days), Wales (11 days) and Scotland (16 days) also reporting their frostiest April since it began being reported in 1960. Northern Ireland has currently seen 8 days of frost, not yet exceeding their current record of 11 days set in April 1983.  

Mark McCarthy, from the National Climate Information Centre,said, “We’ve been seeinga high frequencyof frosts overnight throughout April thanks largely to persistent clear skiesfor most. This will be reflected in the end of the month statistics, which are already showing above averagesunshine duration, as well as low minimum temperaturereadings overnight…

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2 thoughts on “Frostiest April for at least 60 years in UK

  1. According to a Polish website, this April has been the coldest April in England since 1922. Can you confirm this?

    According to the Polish website Dobra Pogoda 24, this April was the coldest in Germany for more than the last FORTY years (not 30). And for England the coldest April in almost 100 years.
    April, 30, 2021:
    “Outrageously cold April in Europe. In Poland, the lowest temperature in 24 years, in Germany for over 40.
    April 2021 is coming to an end and we want to forget about it quickly. Scandalous low temperatures with frosts and snowfall affected not only Poland, but many other European countries. Preliminary summaries say about the coldest April in England since 1922, in Germany since 1980, and in Poland this year’s April is the coldest in 24 years, i.e. since 1997. According to the data of the British Met Office, in the UK, an average of 13 days with frost (data until April 27)! The new record broke the previous one from 1972 by at least 2 days. Many farmers and fruit growers suffered enormous losses. There were also significant losses in grapevine cultivation in France. The famous French wine may be less on the tables. Germany is very disappointed in April, because the exceptionally warm end of March and the beginning of April filled us with optimism for the warm remaining days. Meanwhile, the descending jet stream far south quickly blocked the “chill bomb” with a prolonged advection of cold air flowing in from the north, including the Arctic.

    Cold April 2021 in Poland and Europe. Temperature anomaly up to April 30, in relation to the climate norm 1981-2010

    April 2021 in Europe was a cold month, sometimes even cold, from the British Isles, through France, the Benelux countries, Germany, Poland, partly Norway to western Ukraine and the Balkans. Persistently low temperatures, including frosts, significantly delayed plant vegetation. We still have to wait for the real outbreak of phenological spring. It is perfectly visible in the current satellite photos.
    This year’s cold April delayed the arrival of the phenological spring. The pictures compare the vicinity of Barlinek from April 28. On the left from 2020, on the right from 2021.

    https://dobrapogoda24.pl/artykul/pogoda-zimny-kwiecien-2021-w-polsce-i-europie

    • Thanks Argiris, I’d say so.

      April’s lowest average minimum temperatures since 1922
      Author: Press Office

      15:24 (UTC+1) on Fri 30 Apr 2021

      April 2021 had the lowest average minimum temperatures for April in the UK since 1922, as air frost and clear conditions combined for a frost-laden, chilly month, despite long hours of sunshine.

      Early provisional figures from the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre indicate that April had the third lowest average UK minimum temperature for the month since records began in 1884, while Wales, Scotland and England all reported their figures in their top five lowest ever recorded. Average daily maximum temperatures were also below normal, but not by as much as the minimum temperatures.

      https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2021/lowest-average-minimum-temperatures-since-1922-as-part-of-dry-april

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