Happy spring 2017: Today marks the first day of spring

After an usual winter, Spring officially started today

Spring has arrived, Winter officially ended this morning at 3:29am when the sun moved directly over the equator, marking the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.

It’s the time of year when the days grow longer, tree buds swell and temperatures rise.

On Sunday, the sun came out — though temperatures remained chilly — giving BC’s Lower Mainland a partial taste of what’s to come.

“Forget spring, I want summer,” said Elia Chung, a vendor at the farmers market at Hastings Park.

“We’ve had way too much cold this winter.”

Last year at this time, Vancouver streets were already under a canopy of pink cherry blossoms. This year, it’s a canopy of buds.

According to Environment Canada, temperatures will rise this week, up to 12 C in the Lower Mainland, but the rain returns Tuesday and will stay all week.