Weather

Every year there’s a debate about when Spring officially starts.

Meteorologically it’s always the 1st of March, an artificial classification to allow easy year-on-year comparisons.

But the true definition of Spring is when the sun is directly above the equator as it moves into the northern hemisphere.

This year the sun is above the equator at 4.57pm today, the 20th of March.

And it is coinciding with quite a change to our weather.

A cold front is currently moving southwards across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, bringing a spell of rain followed by a colder showery regime with a risk of frost at night.

Some of the showers in the next few days may turn wintry at times, with a risk of hail and thunder, although there will be plenty of sunshine and dry weather in-between.

But despite this return to colder, more unsettled conditions, it’s still far better than the weather we endured this time last year.

In fact March 2013 turned out to be the coldest and snowiest for decades.

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by ashleyhr

    on 26 Mar 2014 22:40

    Snowing today in Derbyshire and Hertfordshire.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by john_cogger

    on 26 Mar 2014 20:43

    The Daily Express is forecasting 120 days of hot sunshine. Well that's summer over!

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by John Marshall

    on 26 Mar 2014 11:12

    Today the UKMO have predicted more warm wet winters and barbeque summers but from 2040. So we will either be dead or forget by then so being wrong will not matter.

    Is this great claim part of Dame Julia Slingo's swan song?

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by ashleyhr

    on 26 Mar 2014 02:36

    Can't see an item about the Met Office study concerned on the Met Office website at present:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26731790

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by john_cogger

    on 25 Mar 2014 18:10

    Predictions of an El Nino are growing. Could make things interesting.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by lateintheday

    on 25 Mar 2014 09:28

    I noticed a very odd frost pattern on the roof of my car - perhaps somebody here can explain?
    Just like a real carpet, there was a definite swirl pattern with millions of tall fibrous strands (about 5mm) and a few deep curves/indentations where the frost looked relatively flat.
    Earlier, the BBC weatherman had warned of frost, saying it would be a typical 'radiation night'.
    The windscreen showed only the relatively flat frost - so what was going on?

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by ashleyhr

    on 25 Mar 2014 01:14

    Met Office say minus 6.8 C recorded early on Monday at Redesdale Camp in Northumberland,

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by l i dawson

    on 24 Mar 2014 16:35

    March-the 1st spring month is notoriously fickle and variable.Some-like 2012 were remarkably warm/sunny.(nb:25 c.Wakefield back in 1965).Last year of course exceptionally cold with a great snow blitz to round off the final weekend.1969-Emley Mast collapsed in ice.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by oldgifford

    on 24 Mar 2014 08:42

    I was looking at the annual rainfalls, and 1976 is 950.5 mm and for the 1910 to 2014 figures there were 10 years lower than this, and for the 1766 figures not that low, but when you look at the figures how much difference does it make if a year has 50mm more than another? as we have seen the problem we had this year and in 1976 was the continual periods with or without rain. It's not just about annual figures.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by ashleyhr

    on 24 Mar 2014 03:29

    "Not particularly low" is a rather remarkable description for UK summer rainfall of 104.6 mm. The second driest in more than 100 years of records and only narrowly beaten by summer 1995 for dryness. Though it did start pouring during the late August bank holiday weekend and that lasted all autumn.
    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/pub/data/weather/uk/climate/datasets/Rainfall/date/UK.txt

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