Coldest March for over 50 years

Posted: March 29, 2013 by Ellion hossain in world
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THIS March is set to be the coldest in Coventry and Warwickshire for 51 years.

Bablake Weather Centre in Coventry and the Met Office in London agree this month is set to be the coldest March since 1962.

Statistics from the Met Office showed that from March 1 to 26 the UK mean temperature was 2.5degsC (36.5degsF), which is three degrees below the long-term average.

This made it the joint fourth coldest in the UK, in records going back to 1910.

The Met Office said this March was likely to be the fourth coldest on record for England, joint third coldest for Wales, joint eighth coldest for Scotland and sixth coldest for Northern Ireland.

This March joined 2006, 2001, 1995, 1987, 1979, 1970 and 1962 as years when the month saw some significant snowfall.

The coldest March in the UK was in 1962, at 1.9C (35.4F), followed by 1947, 2.2C (35.9F), 1937, 2.4C (36.3F), and 1916 and 1917, 2.5C (36.5F).

The cold weather is expected to continue through the Easter weekend and into April, a spokesman said. Full figures for the month will be available later next week.

The weather seems set to continue cold, though dry, over the Easter weekend.

A spokesman for Bablake Weather Centre in Coventry said: ‘‘It looks as if this month will be our coldest March in Coventry since 1962.

“1962 itself was a cool year, and was itself followed by the coldest winter of the 20th century in 1962-63.’’

Today is set to be cool – with maximum temperatures of 4C compared with last year’s Good Friday when the mercury hit 26C in Coventry.

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