When do mornings get lighter? Beat the January blues and look forward to warmer days ahead

Wondering when mornings will start getting lighter and days will start getting longer again? You’re not alone...

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After the highs of Christmas and coming together with your loved ones for good food, good drinks and good times, January can always seem like a bit of a struggle.

This is often made harder by the lack of sun—people in the UK will see incredibly short days, with an average of just eight hours of daylight throughout the month.

If you need something to look forward to, here’s when you can expect to see the days getting longer and the morning’s getting lighter again…

When do mornings get lighter?

The good news is, following the Winter Solstice 2021 in December, days have steadily been getting longer ever since.

The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year, with an average of just seven to eight hours of daylight across the UK.

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Brighter days are coming

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After the Solstice, days get longer by approximately two minutes and seven seconds every day, meaning that, by January 18, and every four weeks after this date, people should begin to enjoy an additional hour of daylight.

Days continue to get lighter—and longer—through to the Spring Equinox and right up until the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.

When is the Spring Equinox 2022?

The Spring Equinox will take place on Sunday, March 20.

The Spring Equinox marks the point where the sun crosses the plane of the equator towards the relevant hemisphere, making day and night of equal length.

Days then continue to get lighter up until the Summer Solstice, after which days steadily begin to shorten as we approach the fall and the winter.

When do the clocks go forward? 

Spring forward, fall back is a saying many will be familiar with by now, and it relates to the changing of the clocks twice in a year to maximize the amount of daylight.

Clocks will spring forward on Sunday, March 27.

Jack Slater
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