The first 15 days of March 2017 have provisionally made it the 10th mildest start to March in Central England since 1772. Currently the mean to the 15th is 7.97°C or +2.77°C above the 1961-1990 long-term average. Whether it will be able to keep to through the rest of the month remains to be seen. I did make a rash statement that it wouldn’t beat March 1957 in one of my earlier missives, which may now be looking a bit rash on my part! The blue line in the top chart is the 2017 mean, and the red one 1957 (fig 1).