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Winter is upon us

01 December 2018   (0 Comments)
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In meteorological terms, Winter in the northern hemisphere covers the months of December, January and February.

But, astronomically, Winter starts at the Winter Solstice, when the Sun reaches its furthest point south of 23º26.1’ - this year at 2223 UTC on 21 December. It will be followed by Spring, starting at the Vernal Equinox, when the Sun re-crosses the equator, at 2158 UTC on 20 March 2019.

European clocks should re-adopt Summertime at 0100 UTC on 31 March 2019, but there is pressure from the European Commission to drop Summer Time altogether; whether this would apply to UK remains to be seen.

Further details from the Royal Observatory

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