April was a record month for dryness

APRIL in Boston was a record month for warmth but suffered from ‘extreme dryness’ according to the town’s weatherman Albert Kirkham.

“With daytime temperatures way above the average on many days, it’s been a record month for warmth with one of the hottest April days on record since 1949,” Mr Kirkham said. “There was no let up in the extreme dryness throughout the month and we are now short of 78.4mm (3.09ins) of normal rainfall.”

The highest maximum temperature on the 23rd was 26.7C (80.0F). The lowest maximum temperature recorded on the 13th was 11.7C (53.0F).

On the 6th, the temperature fell no lower than 11.7C (53.0F) but on the 12th and 13th it dropped to 2.8C (37.0F).

The mean maximum temperature of the month was 17.8C (64.2F) above the average 12.8C (54.6F) for April. The mean minimum was 6.7C (44.5F) above the average of 4.4C (40.1F).

The town had much less rainfall than usual, with 6.9mm (0.27ins) against the average of 47mm (1.85ins) across just three days of measurable rain.

Townspeople enjoyed 228.5 hours of bright sunshine in April, against an average of 166.4 hours.

The sunniest day was on the 30th, with 12.5 hours.

There were four days of ground frost, one day of fog, and two days without sunshine.

The highest barometer reading came on the 9th at 30.31ins and the lowest was recorded on the 2nd at 29.67ins.