PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Call it the vernal equinox, the first point of Aries, or Lady Day, whatever the name it all means the same, spring is officially here.

Friday’s unusually high temperatures provided a nice sample of what lies ahead as Sunday marks the first day of spring. After another rough winter, Philadelphians are ready for some change.

“Just running outside and just being able to enjoy the outdoors.”

Even with mild temperatures this weekend, this couple wasn’t ready to leave home without jackets. “We have it in case, but no just being able to go out free and run.”

In scientific terms, the vernal equinox is the day when we get an equal number of hours in both the day and night, but to most of us, it just means the return of warmer weather, and some of our favorite things like Rita’s Water Ice or just running outside.

Just a few of the activities associated with the spring season. After another long, cold winter here in Philadelphia, many local residents can’t wait to see the boys of summer heat things up this spring.

“Go Phillies. Phils are going to win the World Series, Count it!”

The spring equinox will come to an end on the longest day of the year, June 21st, which will mark the start of summer.

Reported By Dan Wing, KYW Newsradio.

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