April showers bring May flowers, and while rainfall was close to average last month, some places were wetter than others. Most parts of Scotland were actually drier than average, but southern and eastern England were rather wet, with parts of Kent receiving twice their normal rainfall. And Northern Ireland had its wettest April since 2009.
Overall, April was a cool month with chilly nights, and this trend continued into May (not so good for the May flowers!). But now our attentions turn to summer, with the media speculating about heatwaves and whether temperatures records will be broken again.
Despite receiving average rainfall in April, there are hosepipe bans in place in Devon and Cornwall, with reservoir levels lower than they were this time last year. That doesn’t bode well for this summer, especially with El Niño likely to develop, which usually leads to higher global temperatures.
There are fears that the El Niño weather pattern combined with global warming could lead to new global temperature records. Just this week, a report produced by the Met Office for the World Meteorological Organization, revealed there is a 98% chance that one of the next five years will be the warmest year on record for the globe.
There is also a two-in-three chance that global average temperatures will temporarily exceed 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the threshold set by the Paris Agreement.
We may wish for warmer weather in this country, but be careful what you wish for.