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A taste of spring is just around the corner

According to provisional Met Office figures, winter has turned out to be exceptionally sunny, with the UK enjoying its sunniest winter since records began in 1929.

And contrary to the many hysterical headlines of extreme cold, winter temperatures were close to normal, with rainfall just slightly above normal across the UK.

That’s a big improvement on last winter which was the wettest on record.

March has certainly come in like a lion, with strong winds and a risk of sleet and snow showers for many in the next 24 hours.

But by the weekend, there’s a real prospect of spring-like conditions, with much milder air from the southwest.

Cloud amounts may be quite large in western areas but further east, with some sunshine, parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire could reach 15C (59F).

Mainly settled weather conditions, associated with high pressure, may then last till mid-month.

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