It may have been the coldest March for 50 years, but at least it was drier than average.
However, Bury St Edmunds weather recorder Alan Messam’s records show we had 11 days of lying snow which was more than he has recorded before. He believes you would have to go back to 1985 to find a March with more than 10 days of snow on the ground in Bury.
Alan says the month’s 39.9mm of rain was 87 per cent of the regional average. Last year’s pre-hosepipe ban March had 39mm, though in 2011 only 9mm fell.
From the ninth we had six days with snowfall then there were three more snowy days from the 22nd with snow 6cm deep by the 24th which did not melt until the 29th.