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As we approach the long easter weekend, next week, I am hoping someone can share some stats from previous easters, the top 5 warmest and coldest Easter Sundays, and even better an average mean over the Good Friday-Easter Monday period to get more of a feel of how the whole easter period was, as can often happen at this time of year, one cold day can be followed by a much warmer one.

Recent easters have seen some extreme temps cold and warm wise, more in terms of warmth, 2018 I think was a record breaker, albeit it was a very late easter. Last year was also very warm, remember sitting on a beach on Easter Monday (won't be able to do that this year!).

Cold wise, 2013 was notably coldand 2008 brought widespread snow, both those years easter was very early.

Any stats much appreciated.

 

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Yes, I remember attending a football match in Sheffield on Easter Saturday 22nd March 2008 (which was about as early as it could get) and being glad that the snow did not settle until shortly before the end of the game, as it was thick on the ground by the time we arrived back in the City centre. The Sunday was no better on the East Coast and the pipes in our caravan froze overnight Easter Sunday into Monday.

Easter Sunday 1975 was on 30th March and was similarly cold and snowy in the south east, as described elsewhere under Historic Weather.  

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There was some snow Good Friday 1998 - Easter was in early April and I remember it snowing most of the day on and off, even if it didn't stick. That came off the back of a mild winter. This was in Birmingham.

Easter Monday 1994 had snow too. I was nine at the time, and it was absolutely shocking seeing it snow! 

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24 minutes ago, NeilN said:

Easter Monday 1994 had snow too. I was nine at the time, and it was absolutely shocking seeing it snow! 

Yes, I seem to remember snow being reported falling at Gatwick that Easter.  Didn't see any myself mind.

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1987 Easter was warm and so was 1984.

1991 was cold if memory serves me well, or was if 1993. I remember a few of those good Friday periods in the early to mid 90s being chilly or rainy. 

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Here is a list of CETs for Easter periods I did while back

26th-29th March 1880: 5.7
15th-18th April 1881: 9.5
7th-10th April 1882: 7.9
23rd-26th March 1883: 0.9  <-----Coldest in this list
11th-14th April 1884: 6.3
3rd-6th April 1885: 4.3
23rd-26th April 1886: 10.5
8th-11th April 1887: 6.0
30th March-2nd April 1888: 4.2
19th-22nd April 1889: 9.0
4th-7th April 1890: 6.6
27th-30th March 1891: 4.5
15th-18th April 1892: 2.3
31st March-3rd April 1893: 8.9
23rd-26th March 1894: 8.4
12th-16th April 1895: 6.0
3rd-6th April 1896: 8.4
16th-19th April 1897: 7.9
8th-11th April 1898: 11.0
31st March-3rd April 1899: 10.3
13th-16th April 1900: 9.4
5th-8th April 1901: 8.0
28th-31st March 1902: 7.8
10th-13th April 1903: 6.7
1st-4th April 1904: 6.8
20th-24th April 1905: 6.3
13th-16th April 1906: 8.2
29th March-1st April 1907: 9.8
17th-20th April 1908: 5.4
9th-12th April 1909: 10.0
25th-28th March 1910: 6.4
14th-17th April 1911: 8.6
5th-8th April 1912: 11.3
21st-24th March 1913: 6.6
10th-13th April 1914: 9.1
2nd-5th April 1915: 7.6
21st-24th April 1916: 7.6
6th-9th April 1917: 3.4
29th March-1st April 1918: 6.9
18th-21st April 1919: 10.0
2nd-5th April 1920: 7.0
25th-28th March 1921: 6.6
14th-17th April 1922: 7.9
18th-21st April 1924: 10.6
10th-13th April 1925: 8.6
2nd-5th April 1926: 13.6
15th-18th April 1927: 9.1
6th-9th April 1928: 10.1
29th March-1st April 1929: 9.6
18th-21st April 1930: 5.8
3rd-6th April 1931: 6.6
25th-28th March 1932: 7.0
14th-17th April 1933: 8.5
30th March-2nd April 1934: 5.1
19th-22nd April 1935: 10.4
10th-14th April 1936: 5.0
26th-29th March 1937: 3.4
15th-18th April 1938: 6.3
7th-10th April 1939: 8.2
22nd-25th March 1940: 9.4
11th-14th April 1941: 8.6
3rd-6th April 1942: 8.4
23rd-26th April 1943: 10.6
7th-10th April 1944: 9.3
30th March-2nd April 1945: 10.0
19th-22nd April 1946: 8.8
4th-7th April 1947: 7.0
26th-29th March 1948: 9.8
15th-18th April 1949: 14.5  <----------warmest in this list
7th-10th April 1950: 9.2
23rd-26th March 1951: 5.6
11th-14th April 1952: 10.6
3rd-6th April 1953: 5.8
16th-19th April 1954: 8.2
8th-11th April 1955: 10.7
30th March-2nd April 1956: 6.4
19th-22nd April 1957: 9.6
4th-7th April 1958: 3.8
27th-30th March 1959: 7.9
15th-18th April 1960: 6.6
31st March - 3rd April 1961: 6.0
20th-23rd April 1962: 9.5
12th-15th April 1963: 7.3
27th-30th March 1964: 4.3
16th-19th April 1965: 8.6
8th-11th April 1966: 8.8
24th-27th March 1967: 6.6
12th-15th April 1968: 7.1
4th-7th April 1969: 7.6
27th-30th March 1970: 4.8
9th-12th April 1971: 7.6
31st March-3rd April 1972: 10.3
20th-23rd April 1973: 6.0
12th-15th April 1974: 6.9
28th-31st March 1975: 3.4
16th-19th April 1976: 10.7
8th-11th April 1977: 4.5
24th-27th March 1978: 7.4
13th-16th April 1979: 11.4
4th-7th April 1980: 7.3
17th-20th April 1981: 6.5
9th-12th April 1982: 5.8
1st-4th April 1983: 4.2
20th-23rd April 1984: 12.1
5th-8th April 1985: 8.9
28th-31st March 1986: 5.4
17th-20th April 1987: 11.8
1st-4th April 1988: 7.6
24th-27th March 1989: 7.4
13th-16th April 1990: 6.5
29th March-1st April 1991: 7.3
17th-20th April 1992: 11.1
9th-12th April 1993: 8.6
1st-4th April 1994: 5.7
14th-17th April 1995: 9.4
5th-8th April 1996: 6.4
28th-31st March 1997: 7.8
10th-13th April 1998: 4.1
2nd-5th April 1999: 11.4
21st-24th April 2000: 10.0
13th-16th April 2001: 7.4
29th March-1st April 2002: 9.5
18th-21st April 2003: 10.5
9th-12th April 2004: 8.2
25th-28th March 2005: 9.5
14th-17th April 2006: 9.7
6th-9th April 2007: 9.1
21st-24th March 2008: 3.6
10th-13th April 2009: 10.0
2nd-5th April 2010: 6.7
22nd-25th April 2011: 14.3
6th-9th April 2012: 7.3
29th March-1st April 2013: 1.4
18th-21st April 2014: 8.8
3rd-6th April 2015: 8.5
25th-28th March 2016: 8.2
14th-17th April 2017: 9.0
30th March-2nd April 2018: 5.4
19th-22nd April 2019: 14.4

 

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Easter of 1998 stands out for me. That was the wintriest Easter that I can recall. Snow fell on all four days. 

Easter 2013 was the coldest but no snow fell here. 

Can recall some cracking Good Fridays, 1987 is one that has stuck in the memory 

 

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The Easters of 1984 and 1987 both stand out as being very warm from my childhood memories.  Easter itself in 1989 was actually fairly mild, but it turned very cold the following week with snow.  1998 was cold and wintry for some but no snow IMBY.  2008 was cold with substantial snow for some, but only really settled over high ground in the far south.  I would also say Easter 2013 was the coldest but no snow for my location.

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Thanks for the stats above, excellent stuff. Ignore what I said about 2018, for some reason I thought it was later.. it was much colder than I thought. Last year just inched out 2011. 1987 stands out as a warm easter as well, I have vague memories of that one. How much warmer were 2011 and 2019 quite exceptional nothing coming very close except 1949.

2008 was a cold one with snow on Easter Sunday in the morning. I remember 98 being very wintry, a run of 4-5 days of snow falling. Good Friday brought dire conditions to midlands I remember, with significant flooding. Cyclonic cold conditions on Good Friday arctic air undercut it and thereafter a deep seated northerly ensued. Interesting to note how these cold easters came on the back of very mild winters. 

I too have memories of a run of quite cool unsettled easters in the early 90s.

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So in the last 10 years we've had second- and third-warmest, as well second-coldest. Not bad going from a weather enthusiast's POV!

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I remember Easter 1995 coincided with one of that spring's many switch-arounds.  In Tyneside it was warm and sunny on the Friday - the last of three consecutive days of near-unbroken sunshine - then the fine spell broke down over the weekend, there was only one dull cold wet day that April and it coincided exactly with Easter Monday.  Then on the Tuesday morning there were snow showers.  Incidentally the May Day weekend of 1997 was similar with a switch-around from warm sunshine, through a cold dull wet Bank Holiday Monday, to snow showers on the Tuesday.   Cleadon in Tyne and Wear managed to dodge the widespread wintry showers of early April 1994 so, as I began recording the weather in 1993 and April 1993 was warm if rather dull and wet, 18 April 1995 was my first recording of snow in April.

I remember Easter 1998 pretty well - in Tyneside the Good Friday was raw, dull and sleety, then the Saturday, Sunday and Monday had sunshine and snow showers with a dusting of snow from east-coast snow showers early on the Sunday.  Temperatures fluctuated a lot on that showery weekend, reaching 5 to 7C during the sunny intervals but falling close to freezing in the heavier showers.  There were further longer spells of rain, sleet and snow further south if I remember rightly.  Also parts of north-west England had lying snow off a polar low on the following Tuesday.

I had a holiday in the Glasgow area in Easter 2008 where it was sunshine and snow showers every day but the frontal system overnight 22nd/23rd produced just rain at Glasgow.  I returned to Cleadon in Tyne and Wear late on the Monday 24th and there was a rogue heavy snow shower in the North East that evening which brought a marked squall and a temperature drop from +2C to -1C, but it quickly thawed from underneath. 

I was up in the Vale of York in Easter 2013 where it was very cold, mostly cloudy with the odd sunny interval, but there was no snow, as it was a bit late in the season for that type of continental easterly flow to generate much showery activity over the North Sea even though it was exceptionally cold for the time of year.

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7 hours ago, Thundery wintry showers said:

I remember Easter 1995 coincided with one of that spring's many switch-arounds.  In Tyneside it was warm and sunny on the Friday - the last of three consecutive days of near-unbroken sunshine - then the fine spell broke down over the weekend, there was only one dull cold wet day that April and it coincided exactly with Easter Monday.  Then on the Tuesday morning there were snow showers.  Incidentally the May Day weekend of 1997 was similar with a switch-around from warm sunshine, through a cold dull wet Bank Holiday Monday, to snow showers on the Tuesday.   Cleadon in Tyne and Wear managed to dodge the widespread wintry showers of early April 1994 so, as I began recording the weather in 1993 and April 1993 was warm if rather dull and wet, 18 April 1995 was my first recording of snow in April.

I remember Easter 1998 pretty well - in Tyneside the Good Friday was raw, dull and sleety, then the Saturday, Sunday and Monday had sunshine and snow showers with a dusting of snow from east-coast snow showers early on the Sunday.  Temperatures fluctuated a lot on that showery weekend, reaching 5 to 7C during the sunny intervals but falling close to freezing in the heavier showers.  There were further longer spells of rain, sleet and snow further south if I remember rightly.  Also parts of north-west England had lying snow off a polar low on the following Tuesday.

I had a holiday in the Glasgow area in Easter 2008 where it was sunshine and snow showers every day but the frontal system overnight 22nd/23rd produced just rain at Glasgow.  I returned to Cleadon in Tyne and Wear late on the Monday 24th and there was a rogue heavy snow shower in the North East that evening which brought a marked squall and a temperature drop from +2C to -1C, but it quickly thawed from underneath. 

I was up in the Vale of York in Easter 2013 where it was very cold, mostly cloudy with the odd sunny interval, but there was no snow, as it was a bit late in the season for that type of continental easterly flow to generate much showery activity over the North Sea even though it was exceptionally cold for the time of year.

Looks like easter 2020 is also going to produce a notable switcharound, significant warmth on Easter Saturday to cold by Easter Monday, possible 15 degree marked difference in the SE.

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Thanks very much for this information. I seem to recall 2013 was a strange year from the weather point of view, with the weather reflecting the seasons almost to the day. Jan to March (including Easter) was very cold, April to June was mild and damp, and July to September was very warm and sunny. Or was that my imagination?  

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