As if Chicago’s winter wasn’t wearisome enough, the early sunsets make the first few months of the year that much tougher for everybody. Though this winter wasn’t as bad as previous years it still fills us with joy to see sunsets getting later and later and this coming weekend marks a significant change.
This Friday (May 12) we’ll be treated to the year’s first 8 pm sunset and then later sunsets from then on.
According to Time and Date, after rising at 5:53 am the sun will then set over Chicago at exactly 8:00 pm and won’t set before 8 pm again until Wednesday, August 9.
After Daylight Saving Time began on Sunday, March 12, 2023, the clocks were pushed forward, bringing even brighter nights and longer days. Day lengths have since been climbing back up and transitioning into long spring and summer days.
Climbing roughly a minute a day through to the longest day of the year, by the end of the month the sun won’t be setting until 8:19 pm.
The longest day of 2023 will occur on Wednesday, June 21 (summer solstice) with a sunset in Chicago at 8:29 pm and the day lasting 15 hours, 31 minutes, and 41 seconds.
More information can be found at www.timeanddate.com.
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