Keswick basked in a gloriously warm and dry April, with a total of just 17mm of rain falling, less than a fifth of the local average for the month.
All but four days last month were dry or only had a trace of rain, while 18 were largely sunny from almost dawn to dusk, according to Keswick Reminder weather watcher Lorna H G Holden.
“Sun seekers were truly blessed during much of April – and the predominantly high pressure that treated us to the sunshine also meant it was an extremely dry month,” said Lorna.
Keswick’s average rainfall for April is 92mm but more than half last month’s entire total fell in a single morning on Monday 6th April. Last month’s total of 26 dry days was twice the average for Keswick in April.
The highest temperature of the month was 22.5C recorded on Good Friday, 10th April. However, as the weather became more changeable for the last three days of the month, the daytime temperatures were pegged back, leaving the average daytime temperature at 15.8C, still reflecting the mostly warm conditions.
The only two night-time air frosts were on the mornings of 14th and 15th April. The coldest morning was the former with a minimum of minus 0.8C.
“The pollution-free night skies sparkled as we were treated to three astronomical events that were clearly visible to the naked eye,” added Lorna. These were the ‘pink’ super moon on Tuesday 7th April, the conjunction of the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn on Wednesday 15th April and the Lyrid meteor showers around the Queen’s birthday on 21st April.