Although its been very chilly recently, according to the Met Office England and Wales have just seen the warmest winter ever since the record began in 1910, while it was the third-warmest for the UK as a whole.
The south of the UK saw the warmest overall temperatures, with mean temperatures across much of the area more than 2C above average.
— Met Office (@metoffice) March 2, 2016
In the Central England Temperature record series, the longest temperature record in the world dating back to 1659, this winter has been the second-warmest at 6.7C, just behind the previous record of 6.8C set 1869.
During January plants across Merseyside and the rest of the UK sprung into life as we recorded unseasonably warm temperatures, at times January temperatures reached over 20C.
As well as being the warmest ever winter in England and Wales, it has also been the wettest in the record series for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the second-wettest for the UK as a whole just behind the winter of 2013/2014.
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