It always seems like we have to go through a good bit of winter before we start gaining daylight, but this year is proving to be weird in the snow realm. Although we’re not technically gaining daylight yet, the sun has already begun to set later in Colorado and the winter solstice is right around the corner.
Sunsets in Denver as of Wednesday will begin to set later and later all the way through the end of June. Of course, right now they’re setting the earliest they will until this time next year which is right around 4:36 pm.
By the end of the upcoming weekend, the sun will set at 4:37 pm — not a huge change but a few extra seconds of sunlight at the end of the day is really nice to have this time of the year.
Although our sun will set later, we still lose daylight all the way through the winter solstice which is Dec. 21. That is the shortest day of the entire year with only 9 hours and 21 minutes of daylight. We currently have close to 9 hours and 23 minutes of daylight right now. We keep losing daylight over the next several days because the sun will rise later.
The sun rises right now at 7:13 am. By the solstice, the sun rises at 7:17 am.
December is Denver’s coldest month of the year with an average temperature of 32.2 degrees. Although we will gain daylight in January, the average monthly temperature for Denver only rises to 32.7 degrees. We still have plenty of cold and winter to go through.
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