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Saturday marks the shortest day of the year

Photo: Supplied by WeatherWatch.

At precisely 3:54am on Saturday, June 22 is the Winter Solstice, says WeatherWatch.

“It indicates the shortest day of the year, the middle of the solar winter and the start of the astronomical winter.

“From next week the days will start to gradually get longer again - which you should start to notice in about one month.”

However, the coldest time of the year is traditionally July and August.

The days will continue to get longer until the summer solstice, which is a few days before Christmas.

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Good diagram.

Posted on 21-06-2019 11:13 | By morepork

These terms confused me for years until I realized that "equinox" means "equal night" and "solstice" means "sun stands still". (These, of course, are apparencies from Earth; the sun doesn’t really stand still...) Your excellent diagram makes it clearer.