21 December 2020 06:30
Winter solstice always takes place in the few days before Christmas (Picture: Getty) For those who like their warm, cosy nights in front of the fire watching TV, the shortest day of the year is made for them. For months now we've been used to the sun setting way before we've finished work at 5pm but it's gradually set to start getting lighter. While those late summer evenings down the park with your friends seem a distant memory, they'll be back before you know it once winter's out the way. When is the shortest day of the year in 2020? Today!
Monday, December 21 is officially the shortest day of the year. Winter solstice, the latter word meaning 'sun is standing still' in Latin, marks the day of the year with the fewest sunlight hours. Will the UK get a White Christmas this year? (Picture: Getty) In scientific terms, it's the point when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. Advertisement The 2019 winter solstice was on Sunday, December 22. How many hours of sunlight will there be? According to the Royal Museum Greenwich website, the actual moment of the solstice will occur at 10.02am on December 21. The amount of sunlight has been calculated at 7 hours 49 minutes and 42 seconds in London. The summer solstice is 8 hours, 48 minutes and 38 seconds longer than the winter solstice. When will the sun rise and set on winter solstice? In the UK, the sun is due to rise around 8.04am and will set at approximately 3.54pm. MORE: 'Danger to life' weather warning as torrential rain to batter parts of UK MORE: NYC looks festive in snow as Storm Gail brings worst weather to US east coast in a decade Follow Metro across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share your views in the comments below. Advertisement Advertisement