It’s a cold cold April

It’s almost the middle of April, and there’s very little sign of spring arriving in Dublin. It may be cold outside, but it’s not deterring the cyclists.

low-temperature-app-screenHaving survived the coldest March on record, it looks like we’re on course for a similarly chilly April. At this time of year, we’re meant to be enjoying temperatures around the 6-12 degree range, but instead it’s as cold as it is in January – with this morning’s commuting temperature being 3 degrees celsius, which with wind-chill feels like -3!

However, the cold and biting easterly winds don’t seem to have put off the cyclists. They’re still out in force on Dublin’s roads, and don’t seem put off by the low temperatures. There are many more bikes around that even just 2 years ago, and it’s heartening to see that they’re not all fair-weather cyclists.

It helps that it’s been pretty dry of late. The peculiar weather that has brought the cold temperatures has at least kept away the rain. For the last couple of weeks we’ve been getting dry air sweeping down from Scandinavia, instead of the usual moist air from the Atlantic gulf stream, and that is what’s been keeping us cold but dry.

Maybe as well, people have been picking up on my tips about how to keep cycling in the cold.

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog

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