They say March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb – but new weather figures show last month in Sheffield was unseasonably mild.
New figures shared with The Star show the month was sunnier, warmer and had less rain than average.
On four days there was no wind speed at all – which is very rare – recorded by the Museums Sheffield Weston Park weather station.
Alistair McLean, curator of natural science, said: “We don’t really get many days that are recorded as clear, where there is zero wind, but in March we have had four occasions where the wind has been zilch – and three of those were consecutive days.
“It has been quite unusually mild.”
The statistics show there were 137.4 hours of sunshine in Sheffield in March, way above the average of 105 hours, and almost double that of last March, when it was 73.
But it had some way to go before beating 2012, which was the sunniest ever March with 179.5 hours of sun. Just 49.5mm of rain fell last month, when the average is 68mm and last year was 60.2mm.
Winter coats were swapped for spring jackets as the mean average temperature topped 7.8 degrees, higher than the average of 6.2 degrees and last year’s chilly two degrees.
Alistair added: “It has been very mild all winter and this seems to be turning into a mild spring – so far.”
Forecasters have dashed hopes of a bright start to April, as heavy showers are expected this afternoon.
Meteo Group said the rain could even bring hail and thunder to the region.
Friday morning will be dry, with the possibility of showers, and the rain could continue in to Saturday.