Tag Archives: Equinox

The start of the meteorological spring

For statistical and historical reporting purposes, in meteorology, spring begins on the 1 March and ends on the 31 May. For many people though, spring begins on the date of the spring equinox, 20 March. Although spring can be determined … Continue reading

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When does Autumn start? Defining seasons

Seasons are fundamental to how we understand the UK climate and the environment around us, but how do we define when they start and end? In meteorological terms, it’s fairly simple – each season is a three month period. So, … Continue reading

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Has spring sprung?

This week temperatures are forecast to reach 16 °C, the mildest of the year so far. This is unseasonably warm for February, which usually reaches highs of around 8 °C on average. So is this the first sign of spring? Meteorologically speaking, no. … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung (at least for meteorologists)

By the beginning of March, the longest winter nights have passed in the northern hemisphere for another year as the day length increases ahead of the equinox later in the month. Meteorologically, spring begins on 1st March and ends on … Continue reading

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