The winter solstice officially arrives at 8:28 a.m. Pacific Time on Dec. 21.
That means Thursday is the shortest day of the year. Here’s how many hours of daylight you can expect:
- Victoria – 8 hrs, 37 mins. (compared to 16 hrs, 6 mins on June 21)
- Nanaimo – 8 hrs, 12 mins.
- Campbell River – 8 hrs, 4 mins.
- Port Hardy – 7 hrs, 57 mins.
The days begin to get longer after Dec. 21 – but only by seconds per day initially at our latitude on southern Vancouver Island.
While Dec. 21 is the shortest day, the earliest sunsets of the year already occurred last week.
The sun will set on the day of the solstice at 4:21 p.m. in Victoria (three minutes later than on Dec. 12)
Sunrises will continue to be later every day until about the last day of the month and year. Then sunrises will begin earlier each day.
To see sunrise and sunset times for your location on the shortest day of the year, go to Timeanddate.com
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” -Anne Bradstreet