Now that the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year - has passed in 2022 the days will slowly become lighter again. The ‘darkest day’ of the Winter Solstice marked the start of the winter season (according to the astronomical calendar) and in our ancient past it was celebrated with rituals and other festivities during ‘Yule’ which was like the original Christmas in Scotland.
Many such customs commemorated the rebirth of nature as the days grew in length and that is no exception to this day as we still await the extra daylight with bated breath. So, here’s when the lighter nights will return and when to expect sunset in the upcoming days as we enter 2023.
When does Spring start 2023?
According to the Met Office, Spring will start on Monday, March 20 in the UK. The season will end on Wednesday, June 21.
What time is sunrise?
According to the Time and Date website, sunrise in Edinburgh occurred on Thursday, December 29, at 8.44am.
A month from now, on January 29, the sunrise will occur at 8.13am.
When does it start getting lighter?
The Winter Solstice took place on Wednesday, December 21, which means from December 22 onwards the UK will gradually experience more daylight, meaning sunnier mornings and brighter evenings which last longer. This gradual increase in daylight will occur incrementally until June 21, 2023, which marks the Summer Solstice which is the longest day of the year.
What time is the sunset after the Winter Solstice?
According to the Time and Date website, on the date of the Winter Solstice the sun set in Edinburgh at 3.40pm (meaning this region of Scotland had less than 7 hours of daylight that day). Other regions like Shetland had less with under 6 hours of daylight as their sunset took place at 3.01pm. On December 27 the sun should set at 3.44pm and a month from now in January the sunset will occur by 4.34pm in central Scotland.
What places have the most daylight?
According to a 2022 report featuring data from the Met Office, Chichester (England) was found to be the ‘sunniest place in the UK’ due to the city receiving an additional 230 hours of sunlight across winter. Broadly speaking, however, places in the Northern Hemisphere are expected to see the most daylight.
For example, Scotland’s Shetland Islands saw as many as 19 hours of daylight during the summer solstice and neighbouring countries like Iceland enjoyed as much as 21 hours.