44th Cerne Abbas Open Gardens 15 & 16 June 2019, 2-6pm
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April 2019 Commentary

April appears to have been a month of extremes with heavy rainfall (on the 4th and 24th), hot day-time temperatures (18th to 23rd) and strong winds (27th and 28th) but when the averages are worked out for the whole month, temperatures were a little below and the rainfall was only a little above the averages for April over the last decade.

There were only three or four mornings with a light frost and there were a large number of dry days for the month of April (19 of the 30), while apart from the hot spell, the temperatures for the rest of the month were distinctly ordinary.

The April temperature average of 11.2C revealed the usual rise during this month from winter temperatures (averaging below 10C) to summer temperatures (averaging above 10C) though on most days, there was little sign of summer arriving.

The rainfall total of 82.2mm compares to an average of a few millimetres lower over the last decade and the numerous spells of dry weather have produced quite favourable conditions for wicket preparation and keen gardeners alike.


Philip Spray



Sunrise and Sunset

DateSunrise Sunset
1 May 20185:45 BST20:29 BST
1 June 20185:02 BST21:13 BST
1 July 20185:01 BST21:27 BST