When the first day of spring 2024 is and when the clocks go forward

By Staff

It’s been a pretty mild winter, all things considered, indicating it should be a rather warm spring, fingers crossed. The days are already getting brighter than they were last month and soon we’ll be enjoying the warmth of spring and summer every day.

Meanwhile, many shops are already stocking Easter eggs ready for the big celebrations. But many of us who are excited for the warmer weather might be wondering when spring officially begins.

Here at MyLondon, we’ve collected all the dates you might want to mark in your diaries and calendars.

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When is the first day of spring 2024?

The spring equinox falls on Sunday, March 20 at 3.06am this year and marks the first day of spring for those living in the northern hemisphere, including the UK, Europe, North America and most of Asia and North Africa.

The equinox means the days are officially going to be longer than the nights. While the date does change every year, the spring equinox always happens between March 19 and 21 every year. Meanwhile, those living in the southern hemisphere will be welcoming the start of autumn during the March equinox.

Spring will then finish on Thursday, June 20.

Meteorological spring is based on temperature, however. According to the Met Office, this is March 1, ending on May 31.

When do the clocks go forward in 2024?

Many also link spring with the clocks going forward – as they do every year in Britain and many other countries. The clocks will spring forward at 1am on Sunday, March 31 2024, reports the Royal Museums Greenwich, which unfortunately means we’ll lose an hour of sleep. This is the moment we switch from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to British Summer Time (BST).

But, it’s not all bad news as we’ll gain more hours of daylight. If you use your phone or another internet-connected device as an alarm clock, they should automatically update to the correct time. So, there’s no need to worry about oversleeping because your alarm goes off at the wrong time. We’ll get that lost hour back when the clocks go back on October 27, giving us an extra hour in bed.

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