March 'Second Coldest' On Record

March was the second coldest month in the UK since records began, the Met Office has revealed.

The UK mean temperature for March was 2.2 °C, making it 3.3 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average for the month.

March 2013 has now been confirmed as joint second coldest with March 1947. First is 1962, which had a mean temperature of 1.9 °C.

This year, March was also colder than December (3.8 °C), January (3.3 °C) and February (2.8 °C). The last time this occurred was 1975.

The average temperature during March in England was 2.6 °C, making it the second coldest on record, with only 1962 being colder at 2.3 °C.

In Wales, the mean temperature was 2.4 °C, which means this March also ranks as the second coldest on record there.

Scotland saw a mean temperature of 1.3 °C; joint fifth alongside 1916 and 1958. The coldest March on record for Scotland was set in 1947 (0.2 °C).

In Northern Ireland, March saw a mean temperature of 2.8 °C, making it joint second alongside 1919, 1937, and 1962. The record was set in 1947 (2.5 °C).

March 2013 was also drier than average, with 62.1mm of rain falling during the month. This was just 65% of the 95.1mm average.

Sunshine hours were also down, with 82.9 hours for the UK making only 81% of the average.

The Met Office says milder and more unsettled conditions are expected to continue throughout April.


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