April 2020 Central England Temperatures

Raw data courtesy UKMO

It was quite an interesting April as far as Central England temperatures were concerned. As far as I can see it was the fifth warmest April, not only in the daily series which began in 1772, but also in the much longer monthly series from 1659. The mean temperature for April was 10.42°C which made it 2.31°C warmer than the 1878-2014 LTA. The month also set four new daily extreme maximum temperature records, on the 5th, and consecutively between the 10th and 12th as you can see in the graph below for meteorological spring.

Raw data courtesy UKMO

If you take a look at the two graphs below you will see that the linear trend on the series from 1772 reveals a modest warming of just 0.03°C per decade, but a linear trend for the last 50 years show a much steeper rise in mean temperatures of 0.4°C per decade, which is really quite alarming, with four of the ten warmest April’s occurring in this century alone.

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