Apr 10 2012 by Andrew Welsh, Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
SEARING temperatures helped ensure the warmest March in parts of Perthshire for half a century.
Forgandenny-based weather recorder Norman Pedgrift said overall figures for the sun-kissed month confirmed its place in the annals of Big County history.
“It was the warmest March here of the last 45 years.” he declared yesterday.
“After an unpromising first week with most of the total rain and three sharp frosts it was very dry and warm.
The average temperature at Forgandenny was 8.9ºC, or 48.1F, compared to the site’s March ‘average’ of 5.7ºC (42.3F).
Since Mr Pedgrift’s records started in the mid-1960s the previous best March average had been 7.7ºC in 1990.
Rainfall last month measured just 8mm, compared to a mean figure of 68mm.
“It was also the driest March,” he added.
“The previous driest was 1970 with 16mm and the previous highest temperature was 16.7ºC recorded last year.
“This year we had six successive days well above that, the highest being 21.6ºC on the 27th.”