The wettest April on record for the town since 1939

THE wettest April in Boston for 73 years saw townpeople struggling to comprehend the ongoing drought and hosepipe ban.

Local weatherman Albert Kirkham said it was a ‘very wet and unsettled month’, and the wettest on record since 1939.

The highest maximum temperature, on the 30th, was 17.8C (64F). The lowest maximum temperature recorded on the 4th was 6.7C (44F).

On the 9th, the temperature fell no lower than 7.8C (46F) but on the 16th it was as low as -2.8C (28F).

The mean maximum temperature of the month was 11.7C (53.4F) below the average 12.8C (54.6F) for April. The mean minimum was 3.9C (39.4F) below the average of 4.4C (40.1F).

The town had considerably more rainfall than usual, with 134.2mm (5.29ins) against the average of 47mm (1.85ins) across 27 days of measurable rain. The greatest rainfall in one day came on the 3rd with 33.4mm (1.31ins).

Townspeople also had 117.7 hours of bright sunshine, less than the average of 166.4 hours. The sunniest day was on the 15th and 30th with 11.2 hours.

There were three days of hail and thunderstorms, 10 ground frosts, and seven days with no sunshine.