Spring is here
Spring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. When it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it will be autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. At the spring equinox, days are approximately 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses.
Spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. Subtropical and tropical areas have climates better described in terms of other seasons, e.g. dry or wet, monsoonal or cyclonic.
4 Springtime fun facts
- The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. 'Vernal' is Latin for spring while 'equinox' is Latin for 'equal night'.
- If you stand on the equator today, you will see the sun pass directly overhead. This happens in spring time and autumn.
- The first spring flowers are typically daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris and lilacs to name a few.
- Spring fever is not just a saying. Experts say the body's makeup changes due to different diets, hormone production and temperature.