April changed from “end of winter” to “summer’s almost here” in the space of a week. Both daytime highs and night-time lows were well above the normal for this time of year, and the average temperature for the month to date soared from 2.6 to 7.3 degrees Celsius. The average temperature for April is 6.5 C, so the region went from well below to a jump above in the space of a week.
And, for the first time in a long time, there was no precipitation – no rain, no freezing rain, and no snow. Which is a good thing, because the power stayed on, and the 50 millimetres of precipitation received in the first week was more than enough. The winds have helped dry out the soil surface so farmers can start moving about the fields in preparation for seeding, and the streams and rivers, still high in many places, have some time to subside.
The forecast for the rest of April is on the cool side during the day, with daytime highs in the range of low to mid-teens, and some rain or shower activity for a couple of days during each week… perfect for May flowers!