It's unusually mild for this time of year. Yesterday I noticed a field of rapeseed in full flower, and a peacock butterfly in my dad's back garden. On the allotment my runner beans are still going strong. It's good for us to get this extension to the growing season, since we only had a late start. But it could also be an alarming sign. According to David Parker of the Met Office,
It is one thing to get a month with very high temperatures, but to get a record-breaking, five-month unbroken stretch over the entire period, that is a dramatic confirmation that we are now experiencing significant levels of global warming.
(via BBC news)