Climate Statement for April 2019

Above average temperatures and rainfall for most

Atlantic weather fronts broke through at the beginning of April, ending the settled weather from the end of March.

Low pressure moved over Ireland from the northwest introducing a cold and unstable air mass for most of the first

week. This brought spells of rain or showers, some wintry, with hail and thunder mixed in. By the start of the second

week, temperatures had recovered. High pressure developed over Scandinavia as an easterly airflow took hold, giving

a mostly dry, settled second week. However between the 13th and 15th, as the airflow veered to the south, slow moving

active Atlantic weather fronts pushed in over Ireland from the west giving heavy falls of rain, especially in the South.

It became mostly dry again from the 16th, with the high pressure over Scandinavia intensifying again and pushing the

weather fronts away from Ireland for the third and beginning of the fourth week. This brought a warm and settled

Easter weekend. It became unsettled again from the 24th up to the end of the month. Storm Hannah, an active

Atlantic low pressure system, tracked right over the country on the 26th and 27th, giving the windiest spell of the month.

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