SPRING was put on hold yesterday as Britain began to emerge from the gloomiest winter on record.
Forecasters warned March would be colder than normal, with the risk of frost until the beginning of April.
Sarah Holland from the Met Office said: “Temperatures are looking a little below the average for the first two weeks of the month.”
She added: “In terms of spring there is nothing to get excited about just yet.
“Although there is no hint of a return to winter, it is looking slightly cooler than average right up to April.”
She said the thermometer would struggle to reach the seasonal average of 10C during the second half of the month, with daytime levels at around 6C. Overnight frosts are also forecast.
The Met Office yesterday revealed there was 40 per cent less sunshine in the South-east between December and the end of February than in previous years.
Updated below with comments by Piers Corbyn
The sun came out for a total of just 126 hours, making it the darkest winter since records began in 1957.
London was particularly dull with just 98.2 hours of sunlight recorded at Heathrow airport during the winter.
Northern Ireland enjoyed 223 hours of sunshine – 62 per cent more than normal. And Scotland had 20 per cent more.
It was the coldest December for 100 years, with temperatures plunging to minus 21C in parts of Britain.
February was the ninth warmest since 1910. Met Office forecaster Helen Chivers said: “This was down to mild air from the Atlantic.”
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