Ireland, NYC and the rest of the USA may not yet be experiencing the Spring weather but these images should get you in the mood for the Spring cleaning rituals.

It’s the first day of Spring 2018 and the northern hemisphere is celebrating the countdown toward better weather and the time when we can put our winter clothes back in the closet. The Spring Equinox falls each year on March 20 and in 2018, it has far from brought the good weather with it.

Here’s all you need to know about the Spring Equinox, as well as some great springtime images of Ireland to get you into the mood for the springtime cleaning ritual.

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When is the Spring Equinox?: Date and Time:

Daffodils soaking up the Spring sun. Image: iStock.

Daffodils soaking up the Spring sun. Image: iStock.

The Spring Equinox 2018, also known as the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere, take place annually on March 20, almost coinciding with the Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in Ireland and in the US.  

What is the meaning and definition of the Spring Equinox/First day of Spring?

The Spring Equinox is the time when the sun passes the celestial equator—the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator—and days become longer. It is at this time that the Northern Hemisphere marks the first day of astronomical spring.  Meteorologists use the meteorological seasons, that are based on the annual temperature cycle and the state of the atmosphere, and they argue that the first day of summer is on March 1.

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The first day of Spring: Weather

The weather for the Spring Equinox is far from Spring-like in both Ireland and the US. Snow is on the way to the East Coast and NYC once more, while more snow is also forecast for Ireland.

Images of Ireland to celebrate the first day of Spring:

The Copper Coast in Ireland in the Spring. Image: Tourism Ireland.

The Copper Coast in Ireland in the Spring. Image: Tourism Ireland.

Ross Errilly in the Spring. Image: Tourism Ireland.

Ross Errilly in the Spring. Image: Tourism Ireland.

Irish native Spring plants.Image: Tourism Ireland.

Irish native Spring plants.Image: Tourism Ireland.

How will you be spending the first day of Spring 2018? Let us know in the comments section, below. 

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Lambs outside of Ross Errilly Friary in Springtime. Tourism Ireland