APRIL showers have been noticeably absent in Solihull this month - we asked local metereologist Richard Jeffries to explain why.
“The weather’s certainly been a taking point, what with the coldest December since 1890, and now summer warmth in April,” said Richard, from Staffordshire, who teaches in Sutton Coldfield.
“April is often thought of as a wet month - folklore tells us that ‘April showers bring forth May flowers’.
“There is an element of truth in the saying. At this time of year the sea is still cold but the land starts to warm up more quickly - often resulting in many a ‘false start’.
“Sunny mornings deceptively change - as the heat rises, showers develop as heat from the land rises, forming those familiar cotton wool-like cumulus clouds.
“This showery process usually starts in April, and can continue on and off through the summer.”
Richard added: “What is unusual about this spring is how incredibly dry it’s been. March received barely one fifth of its usual rainfall and April so far has had even less.
“The reason: belts of high pressure have been far more dominant this spring - and high pressure usually brings dry weather.
“If the high is in the right place, it can drag up warm south-easterly winds as it is now - hence the rising temperatures.
“April 2007 was very similar to this: exceptionally dry and exceptionally warm, though the summer that followed was very wet!
“So far this April, it’s been drier and warmer overall than in 2007.
“My station in Rosliston has recorded no more than 4.4mm of rain so far (about five per cent of usual) and temperatures have averaged 11.4C, about four degrees warmer than usual.
“Many places have already seen temperatures touch to low 20s (the highest here has been 21.7C so far, back on April 6), and we could be in for more of the same this week.”