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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Spring time in Cumbria, but it's six weeks early

Spring is raising its head a cool six weeks early with flowers coming out in full bloom ahead of schedule.

David Braidford photo
David Braidford

Cumbria’s mild winter has caused a bloom in both wildlife and flowers with the county seeing the colourful effects of an early spring.

Daffodils have already been spotted in Carlisle, around a month to six weeks earlier than expected.

In the garden of David Braidford, 69, of London Road, there’s a healthy row of bright yellow daffodils.

“I travel all over the UK for work and haven’t seen anything like it. I’m out on farms all over Britain and there is nothing like this. I think they are further on than anywhere in England. I suppose it’s partially because we haven’t had frost yet,” he said.

“I’ve also got some flowers in the back garden that should’ve been killed off by November, and they are still here. You talk to a lot of the older locals here and they say that Carlisle always seems to escape serious weather.

“Last year they were early but this year has been even earlier and I’m not really a gardener. I think they are about a month to six weeks early. I’ve looked at photos from 2011 and they weren’t anywhere near as high or far out and that was at the end of March.”

According to the Met Office, despite the high amount of rainfall in the country, the unsettled weather resulted in January being a very mild month with little frost, with any snowfalls being confined to the Scottish mountains.

Nationally the temperature was just over one degree higher than average at around 4.8 degrees. However in Cumbria temperatures were regularly clocking eight degrees with a highs of 11.

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So with all of the weather changes is Carlisle going to have the weather that is normally found in Spain and Spain get unbearable heat.I would not complain if that happened but if the weather is going to get up into the late 30's or early 40's i think a lot of people will be unable to cope unless they get A/C

Posted by Andy on 3 March 2014 at 15:29

69????
He's a good looking chap!

Posted by Janice on 21 February 2014 at 11:31

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