UK winter was coldest for 31 years
Provisional figures from the Met Office show that the UK winter was the coldest since 1978/79.
In met terms, 'winter' is December, January and February, and the mean UK temperature was 1.5 °C - the lowest since 1978-79, when it was 1.2 °C.
The 30-year (1971-2000) average UK winter temperature is 3.7 °C. The coldest recorded since 1914 was in 1962-63 at -0.2 °C.
All nations within UK had below-average winter temperatures:
- England: 2.1 °C (average 4.1 °C)
- Northern Ireland: 2.1 °C (4.3 °C)
- Scotland: 0.2 °C (2.7 °C)
- Wales: 2.1 °C (4.1 °C)
Overnight temperatures fell to -22.3 °C at Altnaharra, Scotland - the lowest UK minimum since 1995.
The Met Office adds that since mid-December, cold weather has often dominated much of the country, with spells of snow and very low temperatures.