Easter has come and gone, the apple trees are in blossom and the morning temperatures have been 9 or above for at least two weeks. Even if they dipped to 6 I could get by with some warmers. So this weekend the winter kit all went into boxes for the next 6/8 months and hopefully won't be needed until November. My bibtights and jackets all clean and snug, at least I know I can grab out the Castelli Samremo thermosuit quickly, which has to be the buy of the year.
Now this made me think, I have lots of thermals, warmers etc, and this winter the temperatures here in Manchester never got below 0C, at least not between 8am and 10pm when I am moving about. There were plenty of cold and windy days, but it was always too stormy or wet to get too cold. I didn't use my thermal socks (yes I have neoprene overshoes for the wet), or liner gloves or a face mask; those extra thinks for minus temps. I don't remember a winter where it wasn't freezing for at least a couple of weeks. It is probably an urban heat island thing too, but still... This is a bit off-topic I know, more like a debate for the Daily Mail on some thread on a Global Warming report. I wonder if there are many roadies that don't think the climate is changing? I don't drive, but I could take public transport. Respiration > combustion. I don't mind using my winter kit less, though I don't fancy having a tree fall on me or the endless wet days of autumn.
This evidence may be slightly anecdotal.