Wet April adds to growers woes

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.


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