It’s what we suspected as the deep freeze set in and the country was hit by heavy snow.
Now forecasters have confirmed that Britain shivered through the coldest winter for more than a decade.
The last three months have been the chilliest for 13 years, with an average temperature of only 37f (2.9c).
The winter temperature has been calculated up to February 23, but it would have needed an impossibly high average temperature in the last few days for this winter not to be the coldest since 1995-1996.
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Although we are now in March, the recent mild weather is not expected to last. Wintry conditions are about to return with a vengeance.
The warmer temperatures in the last two weeks of February coaxed daffodils and crocuses to make an appearance, adding a splash of much-needed colour to the countryside.
But after a wet and windy day tomorrow, a biting north-westerly wind will blow in on Wednesday, bringing flurries of sleet and snow across England.
Met Office forecaster John Hammond said daytime temperatures will drop as low as 41f (5c).
‘We have had mild winters recently so this one is the coldest since 1995-1996,’ he said.