The Met Office has decided to end its seasonal forecasts after suffering two major embarrassments in the past year.
Following the failure of the 'barbecue summer' to emerge last year, the recent winter had been predicted to be a mild one - when in fact it has turned out to be the harshest in decades.
Instead, the body will now concentrate on providing monthly forecasts with weekly updates.
A statement by the Met Office said: "The UK is one of the hardest places to provide forecasts for because of our size and location. The weather in temperate climates such as the UK is very hard to forecast much beyond a week."
Those keen on planning to go walking
, enjoy a weekend camping
or any other outdoor activities may be wise to be well equipped with a range of outdoor clothing
to deal with all weather possibilities, from pouring rain to warm sunshine.
A harsh winter has been good news for British ski resorts, with the Ski Club of Great Britain noting that the five Scottish resorts have collectively enjoyed over 250,000 skier days on the slopes.
Posted by Elaine Arthur