With an average of six hours and 30 minutes of bright sunshine a day, last month was the third cloudiest April on record – only the Aprils of 1966 and 1982 were cloudier – despite having been one of the driest, the Meteorological Office said yesterday. The brightest day was the 18th, with 11 hours and 24 minutes of bright sunshine, while there was no sunshine at all on four days – the 3rd 19th, 21st and 24th.Last month, with only 5.2mm of rainfall, was one of the driest Aprils of the past 84 years. This amount of rain was a good 16 mm below average. The “heaviest” downpour – just 2.6 mm – was measured on the 2nd. The wettest April since 1922 was that of 1994, when 118.4 mm of rain drenched the Maltese Islands.