There are still 10 days to go before spring ends and summer starts, but things are not looking bright. For the moment, the average spring temperature in Belgium (since 1 March) is 8.1 degrees Celsius (46.58 Fahrenheit), which is 2 degrees below the average.
"This is remarkable", admits the VRT's weather presenter Frank Deboosere. "It's 40 years ago that we had such a cold spring. And another thing is that we haven't had a lot of sunshine so far. At the end of May, we will probably finish in the top-10 of "darkest" springs ever."
That's not all: the cold, wet weather is to continue for at least 5 or 6 days. Wednesday should see a (short) drier spell, but a northerly wind brings cold air on Thursday and Friday, with fresh rain and heavy showers. "We could even have some sleet in the Ardennes. It's now 3 successive months that we are having colder temperatures than usual, and this is really exceptional."