The precise time of the equinox this year is 3.33pm today, Sunday March 20.
The whole world experiences equal night and day at this time, after which the northern hemisphere has more daylight than darkness.
As the satellite image attached to this article shows, there have been cloudless skies across most of the UK and the eastern portion of Ireland but cloud on the Irish west coast.
While today is the official start of spring, in the meteorological calendar it is earlier, and begins on March 1.
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