March 2019 Weather Round Up

March was a much warmer, a little drier and much sunnier than is typically the case for the year – exactly mirroring the situation the month before.

The average temperature in March was 10.0°C, which was 2.5°C warmer than the year before and 1.5°C above the thirty-year average.  Rainfall totalled 65mm for the month, some 54mm drier than the rather soggy March of 2018, and 4mm below the seasonal norm.

March Weather

Looking at the number of hours of sunshine we find that the total of 185.2hours, making it the sunniest month since last October with 54 hours more than twelve months before and 46 hours up on the thirty-year average.

Averages can be misleading – you can have many values that are a bit below normal being offset by a single value that is significantly above normal.  In meteorological terms for example you could have a month during which 28 days see not a drop of rain, but three days of torrential downpours.  Statistically this might lead to an ‘average’ amount of rainfall for the month, but most visitors would not have experienced ‘average’ weather.

Looking at March there were only three days with no recorded sunshine at all, and two further days with less than an hour.  The sunniest day was 30 March with a shade under twelve hours.  The lowest minimum temperature was around 4°C on 26 March, while 30 March got the accolade for warmest day of the month at a balmy 18°C.

There were 13 days on which no recorded rain fell with a further three days on which only trace amounts fell. The wettest day of the month was the 04 March with 11mm.

March 2019 Weather Data