This year looks set to be among the warmest on record.
Daffodils are already blooming in South Tyneside and the borough’s own weather enthusiast Liz Martin says it’s no surprise they’ve sprung up early.
The mum-of-five, who has a weather station in the garden of her Jarrow home and runs website www.southtyneweather.co.uk, said: “It’s not that surprising that daffodils have shown up this early. The seasons just aren’t properly defined any more.
“My dad took his caravan to Carlisle in August and it rained and blew a gale every day, when you’d expect it to be nice, summer weather, and when he went again in October, when you expect it to be colder, it was really nice.
“You can’t plan these things any more.”
The Met Office has predicted that the mean temperature for the coming 12 months could be close to one degree above the average of 14C, calculated between 1961 and 1990.
I think it’s just getting a little boring for everyone now. Everyone is sick of the cold and the rain, and I don’t think there’s any chance of it snowing this winter.Liz Martin
Professor Chris Folland, research fellow at the Met Office, said: “2015 is on track to be the warmest year on record, and this forecast suggests 2016 is likely to be at least as warm, if not warmer.”
The fact that 2014, 2015 and 2016 are all likely to be among the warmest years on record is also consistent with earlier Met Office research.
Professor Adam Scaife, head of long-range prediction at the Met Office, said: “This forecast suggests that by the end of 2016 we will have seen three record, or near-record years in a row for global temperatures.”
Liz added: “It’s colder this week than it has been, but compared to what it would usually be like, the weather this year has been mad.
“There was one Sunday in December that was 17C and it should be nowhere near that.
“I think it’s just getting a little boring for everyone now. Everyone is sick of the cold and the rain, and I don’t think there’s any chance of it snowing this winter.”