When is the first day of winter? Why you might be getting confused with the dates

With cold weather taking hold and Christmas on the way, it definitely feels like winter is in full swing. But how do you decide it’s officially winter? The Met Office has shared the official start dates of winter this year, but they are dividing opinions with which is the “real” start date of the season.

How do you know it’s winter?

Is it when you need to leave the house in your chunkiest coat, or when the last leaf has fallen from the trees?

Does it change every year, or is there a set date we can agree marks the beginning of winter?

According to the Met Office, there are two different ways to define the winter season.

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Winter will last until March 1, when spring begins.

Spring then runs until June 1, which marks the beginning of summer.

June, July and August make up the Summer months, before autumn officially begins on September 1.

Then it’s back to winter on December 1 again.

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