The month of March of 2022 has ended as one of the rainiest since records began in 1961, since a 223 percent more rain than normalwhich places it as the fourth wettest of this century and the sixth since there are data, while it has added few hours of sun and it has been thirty cold, according to the monthly climatological balance of the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET). This meteorological madness translated into Navarre in higher than normal temperatures.
Specifically, the rains reached an average value for the country as a whole of 104 liters per square meter, which is 223 percent more than the normal average value compared to the reference period and it was the least sunny March in 29 years.
By areas, it has been very humid in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands and humid in the Canary Islands and, in general terms, it has closed with a character between humid and very humid in the country as a whole. However, it ended as extremely humid, that is, the wettest since there is data in the Valencian Community, Murcia, Almería, Granada, Cádiz and southern Huelva, a large part of Madrid, Segovia, Ávila, Ibiza and points in Aragón.
Regarding the volume of precipitation, it was higher than the normal value in practically the entire national territory with the exception of some areas in the north of the peninsula, Tenerife and the south of Gran Canaria, where it was slightly below.
In addition, the AEMET indicates that the third month of 2022 leaves several records, such as that of Elche (Alicante) that on the 3rd accumulated the highest daily rainfall at the airport, where 132.5 liters per square meter were collected, the highest value since 1967 in that observatory, and one of the highest accumulated during the past month in Spain. Throughout the month in Elche, 255 liters per square meter have been collected, which represents another event with the highest monthly value of its entire series. Likewise, in nine other observatories the same record was broken, although with less relevant accumulated than those of Elche.
As for the hours of sunshine, the AEMET states that in addition to being humid, this has been the least sunny March in the last 29 years, with an average of 127.5 hours of sunshine, 44 percent less than normal, compared to other European countries such as Slovenia, Croatia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia, Belgium or Poland that accumulated between 220 and 250 hours of sunshine on average, almost double.
While Spain March has been not very sunny, in Scotland and Northern Irelandat much higher latitudes, also exceeded the hours of sunshine, with 155 and 182.9 hours respectively, with which March 2022 in both regions has been the sunniest in their history.
The month was also cold, with an average temperature on the Peninsula of 9.2ºC, which is 0.6ºC below the average for the reference period (1981-2010). Thus, it is ranked as the eighth coldest so far this century and the twenty-ninth coldest since records began in 1961.
The anomaly in the Peninsula was -0.6ºC, while in the Balearic Islands the month was normal, with an average of 12.4ºC and an anomaly of +0.2ºC, and in the Canary Islands it was cold, with an average temperature of 14, 7ºC, which is 1.3ºC below the normal average.
By areas, this month was cold or very cold in the south and center of peninsular Spain, while it was warm or very warm in the eastern Cantabrian Sea and normal in the rest of the northern peninsular third. In the Balearic Islands, the period was normal in temperatures compared to the Canary Islands, where it was cold or very cold in most areas.
The largest anomalies, between -1 and -2ºC, occurred in most of Andalusia, Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, Murcia Region, Valencian Community, Madrid, southern Castilla y León, central and southern Aragón and in points of Catalonia.
In the north of Cantabria, the Basque Country and Navarre the anomalies, on the other hand, took positive values close to +1C, while in the rest of the northern third and in the Balearic Islands they were generally around 0C. For its part, the Canary Islands recorded anomalies of between -1C and -2C in most areas.
The third month of 2022 has also left some records of high minimum temperatures for March, such as those reached at the main stations of Murcia and Almería airport on the 15th, which in the middle of the haze episode, the thermometer did not drop that night of 17.8C and 17.6C respectively.
The monthly weather report highlights that this March there were three short periods with temperatures above normal, between days 1 and 2; from March 14 to 16, with very high minimum temperatures and haze due to the intrusion of Saharan dust driven by the ‘Celia’ storm, and between the 27 and 29 of the month.
The rest of the period, the thermometers remained at values close to normal and even below, and there was also a cold episode, from March 3 to 9, with temperatures well below the usual for the time of year, especially the maximum .
The highest of the month were reached in the observatories of Lanzarote, with 25ºC on day 1; Fuerteventura-airport, with 24.9C on the 27th; Pontevedra, with 24.9ºC on the 24th and Gran Canaria-airport, where it reached 24.8ºC on the 27th.
Regarding the minimum, the lowest of this period in the main observatories corresponded to Molina de Aragón and Puerto de Navacerrada, with -5.9C in both stations on days 1 and 5, respectively; in Izaña, with -5.1C on the 16th, and León, where on the 5th they reached -4.1ºC.