Austin (KXAN) — The winter solstice may be the shortest day of the year, but the latest sunrises and earliest sunsets of the year are not the same and fall on December 21st.
The earliest sunsets of the year (17:30) happened in early December, but the latest sunrises of the meteorological winter are already here.
From January 4 to January 15, the sun does not rise until 7:28 am, which is our last standard sunrise.
By January 16, the sun rises a minute late at 7:27, and by the end of the month, sunrise is at 7:22.
However, it gets darker in the morning than it is now as we enter DST and “move forward”, our sunrise shifts as early as 7:44 AM on March 12 (meteorological spring), but quickly gets earlier as daylight increases. increases by almost 2 minutes per day.
Dark morning: what to look for
When the morning gets darker, there’s something to remember
- Turn on your headlights so you can be seen and you can see others
- Watch out for children walking, cycling to school, or waiting for the bus.
- Wear light-colored or reflective clothing so that you or your child can be seen better.
- Don’t forget your sunglasses when the sun comes up, it can be hard to see if you’re facing the rising sun while driving.