Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Easter Brr-Unny! It's the Coldest March since 1962 ; and It's as Nippy as 1861, Says Veteran Forecaster!

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Easter Brr-Unny! It's the Coldest March since 1962 ; and It's as Nippy as 1861, Says Veteran Forecaster!

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THE sunshine finally arrived this weekend as chilly Greater Manchester finally showed signs of giving winter the slip.

But with temperatures set to plunge below freezing again tonight, it's going to be a chilly Easter. And forecasters say March is set to be the coldest in more than 50 years.

The average temperature this month has been just 2.5C - making it as cold as March 1962. But one amateur forecaster with an uncanny knack for making accurate predictions says this year is actually shaping up more like the winter of 1860/61. Veteran forecaster Harry Kershaw, pictured, from Sale, said: "That winter followed a wet autumn. It looks like we're following the same 12 month pattern now, with this month being similar to March 1861." Harry said Christmas Day 1860 was the coldest temperature ever record in Manchester, when the mercury plummeted to -18C. Forecasters at the Met Office say this month is the fourth coldest since their records began in 1910.

A spokesman said: "Looking at individual countries, March 2013 is likely to be the fourth coldest on record for England, joint third coldest for Wales, joint eighth coldest for Scotland and sixth coldest for Northern Ireland. …

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