May did bring us some very welcome rainfall, the maximum on the 7^{th} of 22.3mm relieved the parched ground. During the month there were several days with minimal rainfall, these, combined with 6.6mm on the 30^{th} when there were almost eight hours of continous light rain, gave a total of 45.5mm which is 79% of the long-term average. It was a predominantly warm month with no extremes, the highest being 22.6Â°C on the 6^{th} with the mean 0.8Â°C above the long-term average.

Looking at the figures for the Spring of 2011, I find that it was the warmest I have recorded and 1.6Â°C above the long-term average. The change in mean temperatures since I started recording in 1984 is quite remarkeable. It is no surprise to find that the total precipitation for Spring 2011 was very low and in fact a record for my station. With a total of only 64.6mm, which is just 36% of the long-term average, it beat the previous low of 66mm in 1990.