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Spring is here

Meteorologically, 1 March is the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere . . although that may be hard to believe in much of Europe.

Meteorologists define Spring as the months of March, April and May, but many people believe that Spring starts as the Sun moves into the northern hemisphere - the vernal or spring equinox at 0415 UTC (~GMT) on 20 March. The Sun will be at its highest northerly latitude at the summer solstice (1007 UTC on 21 June) and will leave our hemisphere at the autumnal equinox (0154 UTC on 23 September).

March also sees a 'Quarter Day' in the UK Legal Calendar - Lady Day is on 25 March. Other Quarter Days are Midsummer Day (24 June), Michaelmas (29 September) and Christmas Day (25 December).

And Europe (including UK . .) will move to summer, or daylight-saving, time (BST/EST) on 25 March, ending on 28 October. The EU directive states that summer time will be kept between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October - all changes to take place at 0100 UTC.

Details from the Royal Observatory link below . .

  • 01 March 2018
  • RIN

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