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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll use the best in a picture gallery.
If you have any photos of spring weather, please email them to email@example.com and we'll use the best in a picture gallery.