Well, perhaps not quite yet, but things are warming up a bit.
- The Met Office say this month is set to be the warmest April in Britain since records began in 1659. The average temperature in central England from April 1-25 was 11.1 degrees Celsius, 3.4 degrees above the norm.
- In the Netherlands, the KNMI weather institute said this month is the warmest and sunniest April on record. With no rain since March 22, April is set to be the driest for 100 years. Farmers are pumping water from canals and rivers to irrigate crops which are already showing signs of drought stress.
- The German Weather Service has reported the highest April average temperature at 12 degrees since records began in 1901.
- In Hungary, mid-April temperatures were 5-6 degrees Celsius above average. Grain and oilseed crops have been seriously affected by drought.
- The River Po, which provides irrigation for one-third of Italy’s agricultural production, fell on Sunday to 6.53 metres (21 ft 5 in) below its normal level at one control point, having fallen 80 centimetres in a week.
If I didn’t know better, I’d be tempted to think the climate was changing.