Spring arrives - ifonly temporarily
Glorious sunshine and remarkably mild temperatures have tricked nature into thinking it is spring.
Daffodils and crocuses are in bloom and there are even signs of rhododendrons beginning to bud in Berwick’s Castle Vale Park.
“I’d say we’re about a month ahead of what we’d normally expect to see,” said Berwick parks manager Kate Dixon as she and volunteers from the Friends of Castle Parks installed willow edging around a flower bed in Coronation Park.
Temperatures reached a relatively balmy 16C at Letham Shank weather station, near Berwick, on Tuesday afternoon.
By contrast, the long-term February average at Letham Shank is 6.9C.
It is also a far cry from 12 months ago when the Beast from the East struck.
The unexpectedly lovely weather also saw many people getting out into the garden, heading for the coast and countryside to get some fresh air or perhaps even enjoying an ice cream!