April showers were notable by their absence last month, with the Observatory recording one of the driest Aprils on record. Only 32.2mm was recorded, compared with the April average of 129.2mm, making it the ninth driest for the month since 1884. The driest April on record was in 1994 when only 6mm of rain fell. Hong Kong has had a dry start to the year, with only 110mm of rainfall in the first four months, 63 per cent lower than normal. It has so far been a year of extremes. The temperature of 10 degrees Celsius recorded on March 12 was the coldest March day for 17 years. In contrast, April was a little warmer than normal, with last month's average temperature of 23.1 degrees about 0.9 degrees warmer than usual. The first few days of April were cloudy and misty because of a broad cloud band over southern China, the Observatory said. But as a cold front moved across the coast on April 12, it became cooler. Sunny weather returned in mid-April with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in the New Territories on April 20. A low pressure brought showers on April 25.