Spring has sprung early in Stockport

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While many were hoping for snow at Christmas, the unusually mild temperatures instead brought BLOSSOM to the streets of Stockport in December.

Weather enthusiast Martin Miles spotted a Cherry Blossom tree in full bloom as he made his way to work last month.

Martin, who runs the Manchester weather Twitter account @rainorshinemanc as a hobby said: “To see a tree flowering in December is crazy, but the weather has been very mild in December so it must be because of that.

The region experienced unseasonably high temperatures of up to 16C during December – which is believed to be one of the mildest since 1948.