The winter months are approaching, and the nights are getting longer, which means the winter solstice will soon be here.
The winter solstice is the shortest day in the UK’s year when there are the fewest hours.
It’s good news that the days will continue to grow until June’s summer solstice.
Here are the facts about the UK’s shortest day in 2021.
What year is the winter solstice?
The winter solstice is Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
On Tuesday in Scotland, the sun will rise after 8:30 am and set before 4:00 pm, making it the shortest day of the year.
What is the reason for the winter solstice?
When the north pole is at its highest tilt from the sun, the UK experiences the winter solstice.
It only occurs once per year in the UK. However, it is a worldwide phenomenon that happens twice each year, once in the northern and southern hemispheres.
Winter solstice is the moment when the earth tilts furthest from the sun. However, it’s also used sometimes to describe the day this happens.
The winter solstice is in the northern hemisphere. It will get darker the further you go north.
The north pole will remain visible for 24 hours on December 21, 2021.
The days will slowly grow longer from this point onwards until the summer solstice six months later. After that, the days will begin to shrink again.
What is the summer solstice date?
The northern hemisphere’s next summer solstice is Tuesday, June 21, 2022. It marks the longest day of the year.
The summer solstice occurs when the earth tilts closest to the sun. It is opposite to the winter solstice.