Surprisingly, despite this February's bright sunshine, there were 20 ground frosts
during the month, with only nine nights frost-free - the highest incidence of February ground frost
in the city since 1996.
We are beginning to get occasional ground frosts
Brian Gaze, of The Weather Oumgr o Outlook, said: "A polar plume means very chilly nights and ground frosts
, with a chance of 0degC in parts of the North.
On Thursday night into Friday it could get down to as low as -10C in some places with hard ground frosts
And the Bank Holiday weekend looks no better with falling temperatures and the far North seeing the first ground frosts
of the season.
There was the highest number of ground frosts
Extremes of temperature marked the main trend for the month, with two ground frosts
, more than in 2004, when there was one, and 2003, when there were none.
But the nights were colder, with 18 ground frosts
Forecasters are even predicting ground frosts
for the week ahead as cold fronts across the country bring rain and gales.
Paul said over the next week, the weather would remain a few degrees above average for the time of year, but with the potential of ground frosts
in the mornings.
A BRACE of inspections will take place today but a Met Office spokesman said yesterday that the days of worrying about ground frosts
could soon be over.
Watering is ongoing in an attempt to make the most of the warm soil temperatures to keep a flush growth of grass before the hard ground frosts
inevitably arrive and to ease the going after a relatively dry year.