SPRING is finally due to arrive which will hopefully mean an end to the recent cold spell and frosty weather. When is first day of spring? When do clocks go forward?
When is the First Day of Spring in 2018?
This year, the first day of spring take place on Tuesday, March 20 – in the UK it will be marked officially at 4.15pm GMT.
The March equinox is the date used by astronomers to mark the start of spring in the northern hemisphere, signalling the beginning of longer days ahead and, hopefully, warmer weather to come.
The actual date of the first day of spring changes every year as it is based on the astronomical calendar.
This year, the meteorological spring season started on March 1 and finishes on May 31.
Weather forecasters, such as the Met Office, use the meteorological method based on the Gregorian calendar to help them better observe changing seasonal patterns.
The seasons are defined as spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), autumn (September, October, November) and winter (December, January, February).
The year’s spring equinox, also called the March or vernal equinox, falls at precisely 12:25 pm EDT today.
When do the clocks go forward?
In the UK, the clocks go forward on the last Sunday in March.
This means in 2018, you will need to put them forward an hour at 1am on Sunday, March 25 – this weekend.
The clocks change twice a year – they go forward an hour on the last Sunday in March and are put back an hour on the last Sunday in October.
A good way of remembering which way the clocks change is the saying: “Spring forward, fall back.”
The concept of daylight savings was first introduced by the Germans during World War One to cut down on the use of artificial lighting and the burning of valuable coal.
The first day of British Summer Time was May 21, 1916.