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April 2021

May 4, 2021

By Paul Homewood


Last month was notable for being cold and dry.

Mean minimum temperatures in particular were the lowest since 1922, and the third lowest on record. It was also the fourth driest April:


The April weather eighty years ago was in fact very similar, with mean temperatures 0.2C lower than this year, although it was largely a dull month in contrast to the sunshine we had last month. The first few days saw heavy rainfall and snow, but the rest of the month was very dry:






April 1951 was also cool, with the same mean temperature as 1941, but in contrast was wetter than average, with frequent snow showers. Despite the month as a whole being cold, temperatures hit 79F (26C) in London:






As if to prove that British weather is totally unpredictable, April 1961 was mild and wet. Whilst it was drier than average in N Scotland, parts of S Wales and the South West had the wettest April on record. Indeed April 1961 is still the wettest in N Ireland:






  Like 1941, April 1971 was another cold, dull and dry month, despite heavy rainfall on the 23rd, when many places had their wettest April day on record. Three days later heavy snow hit S Wales and the West Country:







Cold/Mild/Wet/Dry/Sunshine/Snow/Gales. All types of weather are possible here in April!


  1. Penda100 permalink
    May 4, 2021 4:38 pm

    If only people 80 years ago had known what they were doing to the climate they would have shut down the war effort immediately. I’m sure Adolf would have done the same and the world would be a safe place for pixies, fairies and unicorns. Or it might have been a complete disaster resulting in a Nazi dominated world taking irrational decisions based on fake science and propaganda to control the people. Err…..

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    May 4, 2021 4:55 pm

    Ah… instead of a Nazi-dominated world we now have it’s equivalent: a NZC-dominated one.
    Hopefully, we shall be saved – not by the climate, but by the weather.

    BTW Paul: Interesting OpEd piece in the DT today from Charles Moore having a huge go at XR and greens.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      May 4, 2021 4:55 pm

      Its!! (not it’s) arrgh.

  3. May 4, 2021 5:28 pm

    Sorry, off topic, but I just caught the end of a Party Political Broadcast by the Green Party, aka BBC R4 Costing the Earth, to be repeated tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9pm. From the BBC website, somehow the horror story from South Australia in recent years has turned into a “miracle”, though of course the only people interviewed are members of the marketing department of Big Green:

    “Australia’s government is famous for its lack of interest in climate change. Despite increasing problems from bushfires and droughts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Liberal-led coalition government continue to promote coal-mining and dodge efforts to reduce the country’s carbon emissions. It’s all the more extraordinary then that one Australian state, governed by Mr Morrison’s party is streets ahead of most of the world in its conversion to renewable energy.

    Peter Hadfield reports from Adelaide on the South Australian miracle.”

    How does the BBC get away with being so politically biased and factually incorrect?

    • David Bains permalink
      May 4, 2021 5:33 pm

      South Australia has actually suffered power cuts under the previous administration!

    • May 4, 2021 6:01 pm

      Sorry again for being off-topic, here is a different take on the “miracle” of South Australia, from

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      May 4, 2021 6:10 pm

      Just to add to our misery listening to (the increasingly irrelevant) R4 PM this evening, Evan Davies enthusiastically announced the PM climate day for Thursday. Everything you need to know about CC. (VOMITS).

      • Athelstan permalink
        May 6, 2021 4:51 pm

        If it’s the Evan Davies climate change show and everything he knows, a couple of minutes should suffice.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      May 4, 2021 11:28 pm

      Speaking from South Australia I would point out that both political parties are equally stupid. They have been able to tout their “success with renewables” thanks to lots of gas-fired generation and imports of brown coal-fired electricity from Victoria.
      I lived through the three and a half days of the 2016 system blackout (and for some its was another 2 days more) fortunately while it wasn’t either cold or very hot. That caused Labor to get dumped at the next election, and the current government has just continued the same stupidity.

    • May 4, 2021 11:46 pm

      Yes since Costing The Earth is basically owned by the greens
      so generally I ignore it
      Then I saw today’s prog guide, saw it was outrageous
      & sent out tweets to Hadfield and Oz embassy etc.

  4. David Bains permalink
    May 4, 2021 5:30 pm

    Those April figures do show the 62yr AMO quite clearly. Just been reading one theory that AMO linked to orbits of Jupiter/Saturn!

  5. Derek W Wood permalink
    May 4, 2021 5:32 pm

    I’m with HP on the its/it’s thing. The other stuff is weather.

  6. Rowland P permalink
    May 4, 2021 6:27 pm

    Ne’er cast a cloot until May is oot!

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      May 4, 2021 7:09 pm

      Which ‘May’? 🙂

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        May 4, 2021 7:19 pm

        Hawthorn, also known as quickthorn, thornapple, May-tree, whitethorn, or hawberry flowering. Normally happens during the Month of May. Not an unreasonable adage, just think of the fuss the BBC made recently about Cherry blossom in Japan. Blossom of various trees does show some correlation with temperature.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        May 4, 2021 7:53 pm

        Tick/VG, Ben. :_)

  7. Jordan permalink
    May 4, 2021 7:03 pm

    Noticeable absence of bleating about early Springs this year. This usually reaches a crescendo after a spell of warm weather. I was kinda hoping we’d be into full-blown Spring before the end of January.

  8. AC Osborn permalink
    May 4, 2021 7:55 pm

    I read somewhere that the CET minimum temperature was the coldest April ever, but can’t rememeber where.
    Tallbloke’s twitter maybe.

  9. May 4, 2021 8:10 pm

    It’s very cold here today – again. Also a village up here has managed to set a record apparently . One for your records Paul?

  10. Cheshire Red permalink
    May 4, 2021 9:34 pm

    I wonder how many of our leading journalists and crack climate scientists correctly predicted this April would be the coldest for almost a century, or that another ‘mini Pause’ (currently of around 6 years) is beginning to take shape?

    I’m going with ‘none’.

  11. May 4, 2021 10:36 pm

    A93 in Scotland close due to snow drifts, today [pics]

  12. May 4, 2021 11:51 pm

    As mentioned above
    On Thursday election day news progs can’t cover local elections
    So @BBCRadio4 @bbcpm is doing a #climatechange special

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      May 5, 2021 1:29 am

      So it’s an all day PPB for the Greens? Another one for OFCOM, surely.

    • bobn permalink
      May 5, 2021 2:16 am

      I guess its Classic FM for me all day thursday then.

  13. Ben Vorlich permalink
    May 5, 2021 7:36 am

    Paul, if you have nothing much to do at the moment here’s something to look at

    America’s new climate normal: Parts of the US have seen a 10 PERCENT drop in rainfall in the past decade and more than 90% of country has become warmer

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      May 5, 2021 9:46 am

      I’m sure plenty of places see a 10% variation over a decade all the time. We know the mid-West did in the 1930s, hence the Dust Bowl. It was also warmer there then.

  14. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 5, 2021 9:50 am

    UAH global temperature for April -0.05.

    La Nina probably but still remarkable that natural variation can drop temperatures so much.

  15. May 5, 2021 8:04 pm

    Wow it’s as if local weather is driven by local wind direction today
    rather than being driven by graphs of temperatures for this date in the past
    Hence there is big variation from year to year.

    Now in May local TV news showed snow up on the Pennines.

  16. May 7, 2021 1:15 pm

    Here’s another interesting CET statistic for you Paul.

    It’s currently the coldest 7th April – 6th May since 1887.

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