Waterlogged Britain will get a chance to dry out this weekend, as sunny spring weather finally arrives after the wettest winter since records began. Sunday is expected to be the warmest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching a positively balmy 17 degrees Celsius in London and East Anglia.

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Crocuses bloom in Battersea Park in London, as spring arrives after one of the wettest winters on record

Signs of spring are everywhere: the crocuses, magnolias and daffodils are blooming, birds are building their nests and lambs are gamboling across (soggy) fields.

Across the Atlantic, the US is still in the grip of a fierce winter, with record lows recorded in parts of the country.

Autumn signalled its arrival in the southern hemisphere with torrential rainstorms and floods in New Zealand and Australia.

In this gallery, IBTimesUK looks back at a miserable winter and looks forward to further sings of spring sunshine. If you have any photos of spring weather, please email them to d.sim@ibtimes.co.uk and we'll use the best in a picture gallery.

People photograph each other amongst daffodils in St James's Park in London
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Dew glistens on a daffodil in the spring sunshine at Sefton Park in Liverpool
Somerset farmer Ian Berry holds a spring lamb born to one of his ewes that was rescued from his flooded farm on the Somerset Levels
People sunbathe on the beach during a warm and sunny winter day in Nice, south of France
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A huge storm system (an extratropical cyclone) coils over the United Kingdom, as photographed from space
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Flooded properties on Blackett Close in Staines-Upon-Thames, Surrey
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Water rises to the windows of a row of terraced houses along the banks of the River Severn in Worcester
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Police officers line the beach where five houses fell into the sea during a storm surge in Hemsby, Norfolk
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The promenade is strewn with shingle after storms in Brighton
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Large waves crash over Church Rock as hurricane force winds reach the coastline at Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales
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Giant waves crash onto the railway line in Dawlish
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People watch as enormous waves break over the harbour wall at Porthcawl in south Wales during high tide
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French firemen and rescue workers take pictures of waves as they inspect the Spanish cargo ship Luno, which broke in two on a seawall off the beach in Anglet on the Atlantic Coast of France
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Ice cover on the Great Lakes is seen from space by NASA's Aqua satellite
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A woman walks her dog on the thick ice covering Lake Michigan at sunset
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Shawn Reynolds ‏(@WCL_Shawn) tweeted this photo, saying: "Beautiful aerial pic of an icy & cold Chicago [via my pilot friend Hank Cain]"
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Mind Blowing Facts ‏(@TheMindBlowing) tweeted this picture of two dogs on a frozen swimming pool after the polar vortex hit the US
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The sun shines through icicles that have formed on the grates of a fence on the roof of the Empire State Building in New York
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A large storm cloud looms over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House
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A man wades through water outside his house after an enormous thunderstorm in Christchurch, New Zealand

If you have any photos of spring weather, please email them to d.sim@ibtimes.co.uk and we'll use the best in a picture gallery.