March weather was second coldest on record - Met Office

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Freezing temperatures in March made it the UK's joint second coldest since records began more than 100 years ago, the Met Office has said.

The mean temperature was just 2.2C (36F) - more than 3C colder than the long-term monthly average.

Last month matched the average temperature in March 1947 - only March 1962 was colder at 1.9C (35F).

March was also much drier than usual with 62.1mm (2.4in) of rain, 65% of the historical average for the month.

Scotland was yet more parched with only 35% of its normal downpours.

Ed Thomas reports from Saddleworth.

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