It was cold in March: OFFICIAL!

Snow drifts
Heavy snow caused disruption in many parts of Wales in March Photo: Paul Pierce

It's the news that most people won't be surprised by.... March was cold. In fact is was around 3C (the 24hr average) chillier than normal based upon the long term average.

Across the UK it was the joint second coldest on record (tied with 1947) but not quite as cold as 1962. Hidden amongst the mountains of figures it turns out there were 17 more local records broken here in Wales (average in brackets):

  • Lake Vyrnwy 0.59C (4.81C)
  • Libanus 1.27C (5.11C)
  • Sennybridge 1.33C (4.97C)
  • Tredegar 1.38C (4.95C)
  • Capel Curig 1.76C (5.65C)
  • Bala 1.87C (5.67C)
  • Llysdinam 2.31C (5.95C)
  • Hawarden 2.92C (6.96C)
  • Rhyl 3.05C (6.85C)
  • Trawscoed 3.26C (6.61C)
  • Aberdaron 3.75C (6.99C)
  • Scolton Country Park 3.84C (6.77C)
  • St Athan 4C (7.02C)
  • Cardiff 4.09C (7.49C)
  • Pembrey Sands 4.15C (6.8C)
  • Porthmadog 4.15C (7.02C)
  • Milford Haven 4.3C (7.29C)

Source: Met Office

On average Mumbles was the "least cold" place in Wales with a less than tropical 4.5C, although that wasn't a record.

Aberporth did best as far as sunshine goes with over 137 hours through March, that's 114.5% of the long term average (that's measured from 1981 to 2010)

Rainfall, or snowfall depending upon where you were provided a few surprises. Cardiff was the wettest place in Wales with 107mm of rain, that was 19% more than average. That means it was wetter than Capel Curig. Capel Curig, which is traditionally the wettest place in Wales saw the least amount of rain compared to it's average 57.7% less than it would normally receive.

So March was an unseasonally cold month with many parts of Wales, even a week after the event, seeing disruption from snow. The first half of April is proving to be cold too, but hopefully there is a change on the way.