2 May 2001
Wet April adds to growers woes
By Charles Abel
AFTER the wettest 12 months since records began in 1766, April provided little respite for weather-hit growers.
Data from the BBC Weather Centre shows it was the tenth wettest April in the last 100 years and the coldest for over a decade.
Average temperatures were half a degree centigrade below normal and rainfall averaged 94mm, 65% more than the long term average.
Several areas had twice the normal monthly rainfall and Scarborough had nearly two and a half times its average April level
For the fourth time in four years sunshine was also scarce. England and Wales had an average of 150 hours, 18% below normal.
Further heavy rain was forecast for early May, particularly in the south.