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Beccles April Weather Report

THIS summary is compiled from the records of Stephen Bartholomew of Beccles. April 2019.

Max Temperature: 22.5C (72F) on 20th compared with 26.5C (79F) in April 2018. Min Temperature:


(31F) on 2nd compared with 2.5C (36F) in April 2018. Avg. Max. Temp: 13.25C (55F) - 2019. 13.92C (57F) - 2018. 13.40C (56F) - Average. Avg. Min. Temp: 4.99C (41F) – 2019. 6.52C (43F) - 2018. 4.60C (40F) - Average.



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Mean Temp: 9.12C (48F) - 2019. 10.22C (50F) - 2018. 9.00C (48F) - Average. Air Frosts: 2 compared with

0 in April 2018. Rainfall

Total: 0.61”

compared with 2.88” in April 2018. (30-Year Average (1981- 2010) 1.85"). (2019 Total


33% of Average). Most rainfall on one day - 0.25" on 7th. Wind

Direction: mainly

from:- North-East 10 days, East 9 days and South-East 7 days.

April 2019 overall was much

drier with close to long term average temperatures. The first half of the month was cool, excepting the 8th. In fact during the first fifteen days average maximum temperature was more than 3C and average minimum 1C below long-term average for the month. Two slight air frosts were observed overnight 2nd/3rd and 3rd/4th, being the first for April since 2014. The month was transformed by well above average temperatures for the nine day period 18th to 26th, which

included a

glorious Easter weekend. A timely boost for the general public and the tourism trade at the start of their season. Another change in the shape of a cold front passed through late on the 26th, so that the last four days returned to near average temperatures by day and night. Although there were ten

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days when some rainfall was noted during the month, only two (0.25” on 7th and 0.10” on 2nd) recorded any useful volume. Partial drought conditions prevailed for much of mid month, there being only two rain days during period of 8th to 23rd inclusive. High Pressure had developed over Scandinavia maintaining an airflow with a heavy Easterly type bias. The eventual 0.61” total again defied the long held convention of “April showers” in

the recent history, which

has now seen nine of the last thirteen April totals recording 0.85” or less, including a nil total in 2007. This was also a continuation

of the very dry start to 2019 as only 5.19” have been recorded during the first four months, very similar to the corresponding months of 2017. However very different to this time last year when a wet Winter/Spring five month period of December 2017-April 2018 saw 15.49” recorded or 152% of average for period. Following the first two days of May, unsettled and somewhat

cooler conditions

have blighted the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. The Maximum Temperature on 3rd and 4th did not even reach 10C and featured some downpours of hail included in showers.

Beccles U3A April talk - Artemisia Gentileschi

SHIRLEY Taylor of U3A

presented a fascinating insight into this amazing painter of the early 16th century.

Artemisia is the most celebrated female painter


the 17th century. She worked in Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples and London, for the highest echelons of European society, including the Grand Duke of Tuscany and Philip IV of Spain.

Artemisia was born in

Rome, the eldest of five children and only daughter of Orazio Gentileschi, under whom she trained. Artemisia’s earliest


signed and dated ‘Susanna and


Elders’ is from 1610. A year later Artemisia was raped by the painter Agostino Tassi, an acquaintance and collaborator of her father’s. An infamous trial, meticulously recorded in documents that survive, ensued in 1612. Tassi was found guilty and banished from Rome, though his punishment was never enforced. Following the trial Artemisia married

Florentine artist by the name of Pierantonio

Stiattesi, and left Rome for Florence


a little-known di Vincenzo thereafter.

There she had five children and established herself as an independent artist, becoming

the first woman to gain membership to the Academy of the Arts of Drawing in 1616. Artemisia returned

to Rome

in 1620, beset by creditors after running up debts, and she remained there for 10 years (except for a trip to Venice in 1628).

From 1630 she settled in Naples, where she ran a successful studio until her death. She briefly visited London in 1639, perhaps to assist

her the ceiling ailing father on painting of the

Queen’s House in Greenwich (now at Marlborough House in London), but was back in Naples the following year. The precise date of her death is not known but a recently discovered document records her still living in Naples in August 1654. Some have speculated that she died in the devastating plague that swept Naples in 1656 and virtually wiped out an entire generation of Neapolitan artists. Next U3A


Wednesday 19th June, Jenny Gibbs, ‘A Turkish Shirley Valentine’,

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