Is it spring? Hang on to your woolies!
IT seems the weather is as undecided about the start of Spring as we are.The recent mild spell which peaked at 14C on Friday is expected to end tomorrow, and there is even the chance of snow by the end of the week.
IT seems the weather is as undecided about the start of Spring as we are.
The recent mild spell which peaked at 14C on Friday is expected to end tomorrow, and there is even the chance of snow by the end of the week.
That is just a few days after March 1, which is when weather experts say Spring is in the air for the first time.
But the chilled climate will play into the hands of many people who argue that the historical beginning to the season is the Vernal Equinox on March 20.
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Whoever is right, we should expect an unpredictable month of weather ahead.
At the weekend, the spring-like conditions attracted people to Christchurch Park for some outdoor fun - and colourful crocuses are heralding the imminent arrival of thousands of daffodil blooms.
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But colder air is set to lower temperatures for the middle to end of this week and there is even a possibility of snow.
Coupled with stronger winds, conditions will hark back to the oppressive winter which saw the longest cold spell for 18 years.
Ken Blowers, The Evening Star's weather expert said: “Spring has been here but now it is on the way out. Last Friday was the warmest day since the middle of November.
“But now we are going into a much colder air stream from the north and north-west which will bring temperatures down by half.”
But March has an unpredictable personality and we may have to wait a while longer before the summery weather settles.
Mr Blowers said: “March is notorious for being a changeable month.
“It goes mild, cold, mild, cold and it is often windy. On Tuesday we may get showers and it could turn to snow for a short time.”
People may also remember that it snowed over Easter weekend last year, so winter could be hard to shake off just yet.
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How to tell spring is coming:
You don't have to switch on your lights when you drive into work.
You are woken by the dawn chorus before the alarm goes off.
You can see that the lawn needs its first trim of the year every day after work - not just at the weekend!
It's worth hanging the washing on the line rather than putting it all in the tumble dryer.