The prolonged wintry weather has rained off bank holidays, forced people to use more fuel which will push up their energy bills and caused widespread travel chaos.
But at least there's one advantage to the extended cold snap - the late spring should bring a bumper crop of apples.
The chilly February and March meant that British trees did not waste energy on slow growth - and all the stored energy was used to produce bountiful blossoms.
This flowering will be protected from cold snaps as they are at less risk of being damaged by frosty conditions.
Bees will now pollinate the blooms - but warm weather will be essential for a generous crop.