Early figures from the Met Office show spring (March, April and May) 2013 is on course to be the coldest in the UK since 1979.
Estimates of the mean temperature for the whole season have been made based on data from 1 March up to 15 May as well as an assumption of average conditions through to the end of this month. The final figures could therefore be different, depending on the temperatures we actually see up to the end of May.
The estimates suggest the mean UK temperature for spring will be around 6.1 °C, which would make it the 6th coldest spring in national records dating back to 1910 and the coldest since 1979 when the mean temperature was 6.0 °C.
The estimated figure this year goes against recent form for spring, with eight of the past ten years being above the long-term (1981-2010) average for the season…
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