Although the month began with normal temperatures and some rain, the third week became warm, and gardens dried out. On the 26th 9.6 mm of rain was recorded, bringing the monthly total to 22.2 mm in four rain days (the usual number). The month ended sunny with nights that were cooler, but far from frosty.
This April was rather warm and dry, but not nearly as warm and dry as April 2005. That month was three degrees warmer than normal and had only 1.6 mm of rain! It had just one cloudy morning, compared to thirteen this month.
The rainfall of 22.2 mm is in the 36th percentile for April, below the long-term average of 38 mm. Rainfall totals for groups of months have fallen, but there are still no serious shortages.. The 12-month total (448 mm) is now down to the 11th percentile: just above the “serious” level.
Data. Rainfall data is from Manilla Post Office, courtesy of Phil Pinch. Temperature and other data are from 3 Monash Street, Manilla.