Has the sun got his hat on?

If you’re like me, you have probably turned down the central heating already, swapped your winter woollies and wellies for spring blouses and sandals and put the log baskets back in the shed..

March 2012 was a positively tropical month… well it certainly set records in history… with the warmest March since 1997 and the sunniest March since 1929. A new record temperature for Scotland was achieved in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire reaching a scorching 23.6!

Despite several counties now in drought â the worst national water shortage since 1976, some of us have been âblessedâ with the odd April Shower…. One of the major causes of the often heavy downpours is the position of the jet stream. In early spring, the jet stream starts to move northwards, allowing large depressions to bring strong winds and rain in from the Atlantic. In one day the weather can change from springtime sunshine to winter sleet and snow. The track of these depressions can often be across Ireland and Scotland bringing bands of rain followed by heavy showers (often of hail or snow) and strong blustery winds.

So where does this leave us at home and at work? If you are in a hose pipe ban area, you will be needing watering cans and jugs in order to water the garden and pot plants in the office and home.

If you are lucky enough to have an open fire or wood burner, you will need to ring the coal man and bring the log basket in from the shed… This said, my family and I had a BBQ at the weekend and we were all huddled around that. We could have done with a matches box though, as we ours had got wet! Mum was certainly glad of her tablecloth weights – They were definitely a talking point!