March in town was warm and very dry

BOSTON has enjoyed the warmest March for 22 years, according to the town weatherman Albert Kirkham.

He said the weather here brought ‘exceptional dryness, leaving the town short of 49.2mm (1.94ins) of normal rainfall’ for the first three months of the year.

The highest maximum temperature, on the 28th, was 21.1C (70.0F). The lowest maximum temperature recorded on the 4th, 5th and 14th was 7.8C (46.0F).

On the 10th, the temperature fell no lower than 7.2C (45F) but on the 27th it was as low as -0.6C (31F).

The mean maximum temperature was 13.3C (55.9F) above the average 10.6C (50.9F) for March. The mean minimum was 3.3C (55.9F) above the average of 2.8C (37.2F).

The town had considerably less rainfall than usual, with 29.5mm (1.16ins) against the average of 47.9mm (1.89ins) across seven days of measurable rain. The greatest rainfall in one day came on the 4th with 16.2mm (0.64ins).

Townspeople also enjoyed 167.8 hours of bright sunshine in March, more than the average of 120.8 hours. The sunniest day was on the 27th, with 11 hours.

There was one day with sleet, seven days of fog, 17 ground frosts, four air frosts and five days with no sunshine at all.