An extremely mild winter has led to signs of an early spring sprouting across the UK, from snowdrops and hazel flowering to sightings of ladybirds and butterflies.
This winter has been unusually mild, with the Met Office confirming December as the third warmest on record. The average temperature for the month was 8.7C, compared to an average of 6.7C over the years 1981-2010. January so far has continued the mild weather, with temperatures reaching 11C in Mickleham, Surrey, and even 10.3C as far north as Prestatyn in Wales, compared to the month’s usual average temperature of 6.4C.
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