When Is the First Day of Spring in 2017?

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Daffodils emerge at Kew Gardens on March 1, 2013 in Kew, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

When is the spring equinox for 2017? What time will it occur? The spring equinox ends winter and ushers in April showers to bring May flowers. But when is the official start date and time of spring?

In 2017, the spring equinox will occur at 6:28 AM on Monday, March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere. However, this is only the first day of the astronomical spring. The meteorological spring started on March 1. According to the Metro, “Meteorological seasons are based on the annual temperature cycle. As the meteorological calendar is split into four seasons of roughly the same length, it’s widely accepted that March 1 is the first day of spring.”

The spring equinox is also known as the “vernal equinox.” “Vernal” means “of relating to spring” in Latin. It is one of the two annual equinoxes where the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly the same.

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The spring equinox lands on either March 20 or 21 every year and is one of the four seasonal astronomical events that impacts earth. The other three are the summer solstice, the autumnal equinox, and the winter solstice.

However, while the official first day of spring is related to when the equinox occurs, it might not feel like spring right away—especially for more northern latitude countries like the U.S.A. and Canada. That’s because spring weather varies with climate and how far you are away from the equator. But rest assured, warmer weather will come!

Many Americans will prep for this warmer weather and longer daylight with Daylight Saving Time, which begins this year on Sunday, March 12.

Read more about the first day of Spring in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com:

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