Days to start getting longer in a month

The winter solstice is on June 21. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

In just over a month, the days are expected to start getting longer again.

“You’re welcome,” says head forecaster Philip Duncan.

“We're now in the peak of the solar winter - the 12 weeks of the year with the least amount of available sunlight, this is +6 weeks either side of the shortest day of the year which is now basically one month away.”

On June 21 at 9.43am, New Zealand will reach the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year (or put a better way, the day with the least amount of available sunlight).

After this point, the days slowly start to get longer again, says Philip.

“You won't notice the changes for another two months, but by late July early risers and those commuting in traffic will start to notice the longer days.

“Even though peak cold doesn't reach New Zealand until July or August, the slightly longer and brighter days kick in around the same time too.”

Philip says in summer the hottest weather comes just as the mornings start to get darker in February.

“So it makes sense we get the reverse in late winter.

“As for when the days become longer than the nights? Well, you have to wait four more months for that: September 23.”


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