Spring weather is almost here! The spring equinox on March 20 (Saturday) at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Time will mark the beginning of this season. During the spring equinox, the Sun is directly above the equator, which means we’re closer to the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. The spring forecast in March comes as exciting news to many.

The weather forecast indicates that this spring will bring warmer-than-normal temperatures across most of the northern US, from the Northeast to the Midwest, into the High Plains. Alaska, parts of the Intermountain region, Hawaii, and Desert Southwest will also experience warmer-than-normal temperatures. People living in areas located from the northern half of the Intermountain region to the Pacific coast and most of the southern US can expect near-normal to cooler-than-normal temperatures.

Florida, the Northeast, the Southeast, and eastern Great Lakes (from the High Plains to Oklahoma and Texas), the Desert Southwest, and southern California will experience above-normal rainfall. In other parts of the country, there will be below-normal or near-normal rainfall.

As the North will have warmer-than-normal spring temperatures, the gardening season could get an early start. Gardeners in the South, because of the predicted cooler-than-normal temperatures, can grow plants until the summer heat kicks in.

In Canada, above-normal spring temperatures will prevail from the Prairies northward into Yukon and Northwest Territories. In other parts of the country, near-normal to below-normal temperatures are predicted. Precipitation will be near-normal to above-normal in the Prairies and near-normal to below-normal in Atlantic Canada.

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