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Get ready for spring: it's here early

LOOKING forward to spring? The good news is that it is coming two days earlier on average, but so are summer, autumn and winter.

Researchers found that the hottest day of the year in temperate regions has moved forward by two days, and so has the coldest day of the year.

The consequences are not clear, but it is worrying, said Alexander Stine of the University of California Berkeley, and researchers.

Peak temperatures come about a month after the solstices - when the sun's rays hit the Earth more or less indirectly, causing summer and winter. Stine said that it takes time for the rays to heat up the land in summer, and for things to cool off in winter. This new pattern suggests that the planet has lost something that helps draw out the process.


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