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April 2005 Weather Summary

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A very ordinary April on Tyneside, with the odd bit of sun, the odd bit of cloud, and the odd bit of rain.Overall, rainfall was above average due to a few excessively wet days (the 14th and 15th stick out), and sunshine was close to normal. As usual temperatures were above the long-term average but not excessively so.The events that stick out for me are a classic April day of sunshine and showers on the 6th, and the first snow in April since 2001 occurring on the 8th. Indeed, the last time we had a more potent cold snap than 8 April 2005 was back in mid April 1999. Then there were some fine sunny days during the final third of the month, albeit mixed in with some days of sea fog. The month averaged 54% according to my classification, which is about normal, and was an improvement on last April's score but well behind those of 2002 and 2003.I have high hopes for a sixties score in May though!

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