'Normal' weather in store during April

Fresh off a month of weather extremes, Sunnysiders can look forward to basically normal weather patterns for the month of April.

That's according to the National Weather Service in a report issued this week.

Forecasters are calling for Sunnyside to experience normal April daytime high temperatures in the range of 64 to 71 degrees. Likewise, the area should see normal overnight low temperatures ranging from 37 to 42 degrees.

In addition, Sunnyside will likely experience a typical April precipitation level of about .59 inches based on 30-year averages.

Average would be a welcome change from March, which the National Weather Service says hit Sunnyside with cooler than normal temperatures. Last month saw the area have an average temperature of 43.1 degrees, 3.4 degrees colder than normal.

In addition, high daytime temperatures here last month averaged 56.8 degrees, 2.4 degrees cooler than normal, and low night time temperatures averaged 29.5 degrees, a whopping 4.4 degrees below normal.

The highest temperature reached last month was 71 degrees on March 31 and - going to extremes - the month's lowest mercury point was just 18 degrees on March 4.

For the month, there were 19 days with temperatures dipping below freezing, 32 degrees.

March in Sunnyside also saw a high wind event, as on March 20 the area was hit with gusts as high as 52 miles per hour.

Despite the extremes last month, the Sunnyside area is seeing less precipitation than normal. National Weather Service officials note year-to-date the area has received .73 inches of precipitation, only about a third of the usual amount for the first three months of the year.


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