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Saturday, March 23, 2013
This time last year, we were cooking on barbecues in the midst of a March heatwave.
Temperatures were averaging 8C and reached a positively balmy 21C over the Easter weekend.
This year, the arrival of spring has been a far chillier affair with thermometers barely creeping over 3C. We have needed thermals, hats, gloves and scarves to face the freezing winds and bitter cold.
Yesterday, as forecasters warned this month could be the coldest March in 50 years, the Met Office issued a yellow warning of snow for the East of England.
Snow is causing problems across the UK. Here in East Anglia, we might escape the worst – but we won’t be lighting barbecues just yet.
“We are certainly having a cold spell compared to last year which was particularly warm,” said Steve Weston, forecaster with UEA-based Weatherquest.
“Neither are wildly out of the ordinary, but you will feel the difference if you can remember this time last year when temperatures were reaching 20-21C (68-72F) over the Easter weekend.”
“The situation at the moment is that there is a large area of high pressure across eastern Europe and that is creating a very cold easterly wind.”
While the Met Office has told people to brace themselves for the risk of snow, Mr Weston said Norfolk should escape the worst of what is being forecast with the west of the region more likely to see snow and the Broads, Great Yarmouth and east coast seeing “very little or none at all”.
With or without the white stuff, bitter cold and bracing wind is sure to affect people’s weekend plans.
Sue Telford, of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in South Walsham, near Acle, hopes it will not put people off today’s Early Riser event, with visitors arriving at 6am to experience the quiet woodland garden at dawn.
“The cold does have implications,” said Ms Telford, “but when you run outdoor events it’s always weather dependent. I keep an eye on the forecast, but I try not to worry about it too much. We plough on regardless.”
Costessey Park Golf Club in Old Costessey, near Norwich, has also endured the inclement March weather. The course was closed on March 13 due to snow, but yesterday saw plenty of players on the green.
“There are lots of hardy golfers out playing,” said Gary Stangoe, golf director at the club.
“The cold doesn’t put everybody off. It does affect business, but it’s sporadic. We have a few quiet days, then we’re busy again despite the weather.”
While there is time for the weather to improve before the start of the cricket season on April 5, this long drawn out winter is still causing havoc for footballers.
Lowestoft Town FC had six consecutive postponements in January because of snow, frozen and waterlogged pitches and after their game at Thurrock was postponed on Tuesday, they now have five games in hand on the leaders of the Ryman League Premier Division.
They must play their final 13 games of the season in the space of five weeks between now and April 27.
Terrorism returned to the streets of London today as two suspected Muslim fanatics butchered a man in broad daylight in the name of “Allah”.
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