This year’s winter was the coldest since 1978/1979, Charles Powell, a Met Office forecaster, confirmed last night, as the country shivered through temperatures up to two degrees colder than average.
Scotland, which has been subjected to a particularly brutal winter, experienced the coldest temperatures in almost 50 years, he added.
While the wet weather was likely to ease up through the first half of next week, Mr Powell said that we could expect to see more “rain, sleet and snow” before next weekend.
He added that temperatures would continue to remain cold for the first part of spring, with warmer weather not likely until at least the end of the month.
“The next couple of weeks for the start of spring is set to remain rather cold,” he said.
The confirmation comes amid heavy criticism of the Met, which said Britain would likely expect a mild winter.
Daffodil growers last night said that many crops had failed to bloom, potentially leaving proud Welshmen struggling to find one to mark St David’s Day on Monday.
“We are way behind in growing – at least a month to five weeks behind,” said Nick Reynolds, who grows 12 million daffodils a year at Wick, Vale of Glamorgan.
“At one stage I didn’t think we’d have hardly any but we’ve just managed to supply some of our customers in the last few days. St David’s Day is important in Wales and daffodils are a vital part of that.”
One of the consequences of cold wet weather is food crops do not grow.