Brrr, the coldest March since 1962

HASTINGS shivered through the coldest March for more than 50 years, according to the council’s weather expert.

David Powell, borough meteorologist, said the average maximum temperature for the month had been on a par with that of 1962, which also saw below average temperatures.

He said: “It’s been pretty cold. The cold weather is being caused by what is known as a blocking anti-cyclone over Iceland, Greenland and Scandinavia.

“Together with this the cold air from Siberia is being sucked in by the winds blowing in an anti-clockwise direction.”

The average temperatures between March 1 and 26 were just 2.5C (36.5F) in the UK, three degrees below the average.

This would make it the fourth coldest in the UK since records began in 1910. Last March Hastings basked in a mini heatwave.

This week has also seen wintry temperatures with light snow falling across 1066 Country yesterday (Thursday) and Wednesday evening.

The last time it snowed in Hastings was in the first week of April in 2008.

Mr Powell said: “It does not snow very often in April but I remember it did in June 1975.

He said the jet stream, which brings milder temperatures to the UK, is currently displaced well to the south of its usual position across the north Atlantic and Europe.

At the moment it is located across the Azores, Spain and the Mediterranean.

It is due to move north from tomorrow (Saturday), he added, bring in milder and damper weather, but with temperatures near the average for early April.