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Spring is upon us

In meteorological terms, 1 March is the first day of Spring.

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 - at 1028 UTC (~GMT) on 20 March; the vernal equinox. The Sun will be at its highest northerly latitude at the solstice (0424 UTC on 21 June) and will leave our hemisphere at the autumnal equinox (2002 UTC on 22 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 on 26 March, ending on 29 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 2017
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