For the UK and western Europe spring this year is likely to be cooler than last year, with mean temperatures either near or below average.Precipitation:
In contrast, mean temperatures are likely to be near average or above average over much of eastern Europe.
For the UK and much of northern Europe precipitation is likely to be average or below average.UK average temperature March–May from 1971–2000 is 7.4°C. Average precipitation is 231.7 mm.
In contrast, average or above-average rainfall is likely over southern Europe and the central Mediterranean.
The spring forecast will be updated on March 25, and the first summer outlook will be issued on March 31.
The Met Office also announced today that provisional figures show this to be the coldest UK winter since 1995/96.