A sudden change to cold April nights can come as a shock after a warm March, as in 1989

As gardeners know to their cost, early April frosts can wipe out delicate plants and blooms in a single cold night, even when – according to the Met Office at least – we are more than a month into spring.

When March is noticeably colder than usual, as we experienced last year after the “beast from the east”, then most people are well prepared. But when we are lulled into a false sense of security by fine, sunny and warm weather in March, a sudden change to very cold nights can come as a shock.

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