There is often substantial debate surrounding the date on which winter ends and springtime commences.
Some prefer to categorise the seasons around the solstices and equinoxes, with springtime beginning after the equinox on March 20th.
Scientific circles, particularly meteorology and weather forecasting, prefer to categorise seasons using monthly boundaries, whereby winter runs from December to February and spring starts in March. Whichever you prefer, one thing is for certain; the weather itself adheres to no strict boundaries.
After an unusually mild and wet winter across the Aylesbury Vale, and England as a whole, the first few weeks of March have been kind to us.
Gone were the large Atlantic storms which brought gales and flooding and with us were areas of high pressure, leading to warm and sunny days.
However, over the last weekend, north-westerly winds returned to our shores and with them came a drop in temperature. Night-frost has also made a re-appearance or, in the case of this past winter, an appearance.
Temperatures across the Vale fell to around freezing on Saturday night but it was even colder on Sunday. By Monday morning, temperatures were widely around -1 or -2C.
So, in terms of temperature, the weather holds no allegiances to our notions of winter ending and springtime beginning.
A weather-type synonymous with springtime is sunshine and showers. This isn’t a broad-brush weather forecasting term which covers all bases; this is a genuine meteorological phenomenon which means it can pour down one minute and be sunny the next, whilst neighbouring villages receive different weather.
So is the weather for the rest of the week and into the weekend likely to be of a wintry, a spring, or even a summery flavour?
Well, it’s certainly looking rather chilly tomorrow (Thursday) with an easterly breeze and sufficient cloud for a scattering of showers.
Friday is somewhat sunnier and it should be less chilly as a result. At this stage, winds look set to switch around from an east to a milder south-easterly direction this weekend. As a result it should feel warmer in any sunny spells, although there will still be the chance of catching a shower.