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Met Office confirms the coldest March since 1962

A snow covered Loughborough in Leicestershire Photo: Syd Spence

Sub zero temperatures, snow, blizzards, gale force gusts, school closures, traffic chaos that just about sums up March 2013.

The Met Office has confirmed it looks like it could have been the coldest in the UK for 51 years.

We expect highs of around 11c in March, the reality is this month temperatures have averaged at 3.2c.

To rub salt in the wound on March 28th 2012 highs of 21c/70f were recorded in our region.

It's not just temperatures that have been suffering, sunshine amounts have been way below the seasonal average too and it's not over yet.

Although we have seen the worst of the snow Easter is shaping up to be one of the coldest on record with an icy wind and sharp overnight frosts.

The satellite picture over the UK earlier today Credit: ITV Weather

Today we can't rule out a few snow showers but it will remain mostly dry with sunny spells, the wind will be light but still cold.

Overnight tonight we could see lows of -8c in rural spots, even in towns and cities temperatures will be below freezing.

Worth bearing in mind if you are heading out to celebrate the start of the Easter holidays.

East Midlands weather outlook over Easter weekend

Outlook for the East Midlands over Easter weekend Credit: ITV Weather

West Midlands weather outlook over Easter weekend

Outlook for the West Midlands over Easter weekend Credit: ITV Weather

As for the rest of the weekend it will remain mostly dry with occasional sunny spells but it will stay very cold with hard frosts overnight.

The East coast of Lincolnshire is always at risk of seeing some snow showers.

At this point there is no sign of it warming up anytime soon.

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