Further analysis of the weather data shows that this year's cumulative total temperature from 1st January (excluding minus readings) is 146.5 degrees compared to the long term average of 67.5 degrees.
Or 60% of March was at or above the average.
Conclusive proof then that this year is actually warmer than normal!
Except this is one data set for a country the size of France but it does demonstrate that you need to be careful when reading headlines.
My contacts in the west are telling me the weather is lovely there and cereal planting is going ahead apace.