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What a difference a year makes....

Grassclippings - March 2012 Vs March 2013...when you compare the weather we were experiencing in March last year compared to this March.  If today the feels like is minus 4 degrees then thats 25 degrees colder for London than 2012! 

With big minus wind chill temperatures for the majority of the Country, the weather trend does not look good for a very Happy Easter.

March and April can be cruel weather months for the gardener and lawn owner with unpredictable cold winds at the best of times but this year the cold snap is quite exceptional.

To make matters worse, it is the start of British Summer Time on Sunday 31st March 2013.  Where did Spring go?  Best stay in front of the fire and take a look at some of the 550 lawn related articles here on this lawn advice blog and get wised up for when the weather warms up and you can get out to mow your lawn for the first time and enjoy your garden.

Some Easter weather facts from The Met Office:

Easter can fall in a period of 35 days because it is calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox. Since 1960, the earliest Easter was over the weekend of the 22-24 March in 2008 and the latest was in 2011 when Easter fell between the 23 - 25 April.

If Easter is early, there's a chance that some parts of the country will get snow; in fact, it is more likely to snow at Easter than it is at Christmas. The later Easter is, the better the weather is likely to be.

Warmest Easter

Easter Saturday, 23 April 2011 - temperatures reached  27.8 °C at Wisley in Surrey, generally temperatures were between 25 °C - 27 °C across the south-east and East Anglia.

Sunniest Easter

For Easter's which fall late in April, up to 14 hours of sunshine has been recorded in some locations across the UK. A notably sunny Easter was in 1984 with more than 100 stations recording over 10 hours of sunshine on each day between Saturday 21 - Monday 23 April. 

Coldest Easter

On Easter Monday, the 31 March 1986 temperatures fell to -9.8 °C at Lagganlia in Inverness-shire. Temperatures of -5 °C were widely recorded across inland areas of Highland Scotland.

Wettest Easter

On Easter Sunday, the 14 April 1963, more than 148mm of rain was recorded at Oakeley Quarry, near Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynnedd. 

Snowy Easter

Easter 1-3 April 1983 was the snowiest Easter with Scotland, the Midlands and Kent getting up to 10 cm of snow. Over the past 45 years, snow has fallen quite regularly, even in lowland areas. Years in which snow has been recorded include 1958, 1965, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978 and 2008. Most recently 33 cm of snow was recorded at Easter on the 3 April 2010 in Strathdearn Dalrossie in Inverness-shire. 

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