Southerners are facing one of the dullest marches ever – with London, the South West and Wales so far limited to just 90 minutes of sunshine a day
- The gloomy weather is in stark contrast to the glorious sunshine of March last year
- It is still too early to say whether this month will be duller than March 1984
If soaring bills, the resurfacing of Partygate and a threat from Vladimir Putin weren’t enough to dampen your spirits, perhaps the unusually gloomy weather will.
The UK is going through one of the dullest marches ever, with London, the South West of England and Wales having a particularly miserable start to spring.
The Brits have had less than half the spring sun they normally would have at this time of year, meaning the winter cold lasted longer than usual.
London, the South West and Wales have had less than a third of their average hours of sunshine so far in 2023, peaking at about 90 minutes a day, the Times reports.
The moody weather is a stark contrast to what the country welcomed at this time last year, when the British basked in a glorious record-breaking amount of sunshine.
The UK is going through one of the dullest marches ever, with London (pictured), South West England and Wales having a particularly miserable start to spring
March 2022: Around this time last year, the British basked in glorious sunshine, in stark contrast to this month
In fact, Britain had more than 60 percent more hours of sunshine than usual last March – the highest number since 1929.
The Met Office attributes the gloomy weather the British have endured so far to the low pressure, which has led to frequent cloud cover and heavy showers.
It remains to be determined whether March 2023 will be duller than the same month in 1984, which currently holds the crown for the dullest on record.
However, forecasters predict that the bad weather shows no signs of stopping and the British could expect more of the same.
In March this year, the British had 45.3 hours of sunshine. It would have to reach 60.8 to become the most boring ever.
Usually in March the sun should shine for about 65 per cent of its usual number of hours, but currently it is thrashing at 42 per cent in a bitter blow for Britons seeking that springtime glow.
Wales suffered the most with just 28 per cent of its usual amount of sunshine – just over 90 minutes a day.
Meanwhile, London and the South West sit at 29 per cent, while those in the capital are limited to just 34.5 hours of sunshine in the first three weeks of March.
The Met Office attributes the gloomy weather the British have endured so far to the low pressure, which has led to frequent cloud cover and heavy showers
London (pictured) and the South West is at 29 per cent with that in the capital capped at just 34.5 hours of sunshine in the first three weeks of March
Forecasters predict the bad weather shows no signs of stopping and the British could expect more of the same. In the photo: Wimbledon Common
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: ‘It’s been a uneventful first half of the month for much of the UK, with areas in the south and west particularly dull compared to long-term averages.
“With 10 days of the month left, there’s still plenty of time for sunshine numbers to rise, so it’s too early to speculate on how this month might compare historically.”
Tonight a strong wind is expected to blow to the east and heavy showers are also expected.
On Wednesday, the rain is expected to clear in the morning with some much-needed sunshine lined up. In the evening, however, there is a chance of hail and thunder.
From Thursday to the weekend, the changeable weather will continue with possible thunderstorms.
There is currently a weather warning in northern Scotland due to strong winds, which could hinder travel.