Frostiest April on record
Though the dry weather has offered up several mild afternoons in the region
, it has been generally accompanied by many clear and cold nights nationwide
; enough to already cement April
2021 as the frostiest such month in over
60 years of record keeping
The UK as a whole has seen an average of 13 days of air frosts this month, topping the 11 days seen in April 1970 and most since records began in 1960. England has recorded 12 such days, Wales with 11 days and Scotland 16 일.
“Dry conditions with clear skies and calm winds are ideal for frost
,” CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward says
. “A lack of clouds allows for heat from the earth to escape into the atmosphere
. As the temperature drops
, water vapor turns into dew on surfaces
On clear nights the ground is often cooler than the air just a few feet off the ground where the temperature is measured, Ward explains.
“So if the ground temperature is below freezing, that dew becomes frost.”
These conditions have challenged even the country’s hardiest farmers and growers.
“Considerable damage has been experienced in many gardens with flowers such as camellia and magnolias being scorched
, and cherry
, plum and pear blossom injured so that the fruit crop will be reduced
,” Guy Barter, Chief Horticulturist at the Royal Horticultural Society, 말했다.
어떤면에서, this April resembles 4 월 2020 for the UK
, as the nation concluded that month as the sunniest April on record
Although April 2020 saw a remarkable 151% of normal sunshine duration for the month, it also saw just 40% of its normal rainfall. 하나, that would still be roughly double the UK’s rainfall thus far in April 2021.
Wildfires are fueled by April’s dry weather
The exceptionally dry conditions have helped fuel multiple wildfires in 북 아일랜드
. 지난주, the Slieve Donard region
, home to the highest elevation of Northern Ireland and near the filming locations used in the fantasy series
“왕좌의 게임,” was at the heart of a massive blaze challenging firefighters
Fire crews battled the challenging landscape both by ground and by air to gain the upper hand on the fast-moving flames. Elsewhere, fires in Cornwall, Dorset, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Orkney all posed similar challenges.