How May sprung a surprise
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:36:00 BST
According to the Met Office, the spring of 2013 was the fifth coldest spring in national records dating back to 1910 and the coldest since 1962. In Huddersfield, an analysis of the monthly temperature for the period
March 1990 to May 2013 reveals that 2013 was by far the coldest since our records began, with this year’s figures showing an average figure of just 7.07˚C compared to the average of 9.56˚C. The warmest March to May since our records began was 2011 with an average figure of 10.75˚C. The average figures are those recorded since 1990 from the school of Applied Sciences weather station.
The monthly mean temperature was 11.3˚C compared to the average for May of 12.4˚C making it the second coldest May since our records began (the coldest being May 1994 with an average temperature of 10.9˚C). The warmest day of the month was Tuesday 7th with an average temperature of 15.8˚C (average 18.1˚C), the maximum recorded temperature of 22.9˚C was also recorded on this day (average 24.7˚C). The coldest day of the month was Wednesday 15th with an average temperature
of 7.8˚C. The lowest minimum temperature for the month was 3.2˚C recorded on Wednesday 1st.
A total of 70.2mm of rainfall was recorded during the month compared to the average figure for May of 51.4mm, making it the wettest May since 2009. The wettest day of the month was Tuesday 14th with 20.8mm of rain (29.6% of the month’s total rainfall). Eleven days of the month escaped without any rainfall, the driest spell falling between Saturday 4th and Wednesday 8th inclusive.
The mean wind speed for the month was 11.63km/hr. The highest mean wind speed was 23.04km/hr recorded on Monday 13th. The highest gust of wind for the whole month was 116.64km/hr recorded on Friday 24th.
The prevailing wind direction was south west.