First sign of spring?

Daffodils growing by the roadside in Laughton

Daffodils growing by the roadside in Laughton

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EAGLE eyed Sussex Express photographer Peter Cripps spotted these daffodils growing by the side of the road in Laughton yesterday (Tuesday January 10).

Usually daffodils appear at the end of February or start of March.

This week temperatures in East Sussex have been a good few degrees above the average for this time of year.

In fact the temperatures were more like the average for March than January.

Forecasters are now predicting it will get colder, with the mercury plunging to 5 °C during the day and a bone chilling -1 °C at night over the coming weekend.

This is compared to a balmy 10 °C during the day and 8 °C at night, which we experienced in East Sussex on Wednesday this week.

So maybe winter isn’t quite over yet?

If you see some early signs of spring, send your pictures to sussex.express@sussexnewspapers.co.uk.

Provisional figures from the Met Office reveal temperatures this December were close to average, but 2011 overall was the second warmest year on record for the UK.

The mean temperature so far this December was 4.7 °C, 0.5 °C above the 1971-2000 average.

This is a big swing from 2010, when temperatures were 5 °C below average, recording the coldest December on record.

National climate manager at the Met Office, John Prior, said: “While it may have felt mild for many so far this December, temperatures overall have been close to what we would expect.

“It may be that the stark change from last year, which was the coldest December on record for the UK, has led many to think it has been unseasonably warm.”