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Spring has sprung!

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Shortly before 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, spring officially began in the Northern Hemisphere.

The technical, or scientific, term is Spring Equinox. Equinox comes from the Latin word "equal night," which references the day and night being of equal length.

Astronomically, the sun is directly over the equator and Thursday marks the transition of direct sun shifting towards the Tropic of Cancer as we approach summer, which begins June 20.

Around Atlanta, and Georgia, we can expect to gain about two to three minutes of daylight each day until the start of summer. And, with the higher sun angle developing, that helps push average highs from the 60s today into the 80s by June.

As for your first day of spring forecast, expect nearly all-day sunshine and highs in the middle 60s.

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