The weather may not exactly be reflecting it, but today officially marks the first day of spring. The Vernal Equinox takes places on March 20 this year, meaning you can wave goodbye to winter. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Spring Equinox occurs when the sun moves north across the celestial equator. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some spring facts and figures for you to enjoy. 1. Vernal Equinox While you probably know it as the ‘start of spring,’ today is also known as the Vernal Equinox. The Vernal Equinox occurs when the sun moves north across the celestial equator. During this time, there are exactly 12 hours of daylight, and 12 hours of darkness. 2. ‘Spring’ starts at different times Depending on who you ask, Spring can start on different days. Some believe that 20 March marks the start of Spring this year, and this is based on the astronomical calendar. But others believe it Spring starts on 1 March, based on the meteorological calendar. 3. Average spring temperatures According to the Met Office , the average UK temperature for spring is a not-so-balmy 7.7°C. 4. The hottest and coldest springs The warmest spring on record… Read full this story
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