Shortest Day of the Year 2024 in Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Thursday, 20 June 2024

The Winter Solstice occurs at 17:54

The days become shorter as a result of the earth tilting away from the sun (at least in one hemisphere at a time). This causes the sun to appear lower in the sky and spend less time above the horizon, meaning the day is shorter.

Solstice sunrise, sunset and day length in Stanley

Sunrise

sunrise 09:00 Direction: 51°
First light: 08:20

Sunset

sunset 16:48 Direction: 308°
Last light: 17:28

How long is the shortest day of the year?

The Winter Solsitice is both the shortest day of the year and also the longest night. The good news is that from this point on the days will begin to get longer until Midsummer's Night in about 6 months.

Daylight & night hours for the Winter Solstice

Day length for 2024-07-13
Night Twilight begins:
6:54
First light:
8:18
Sunrise:
8:59
Sunset:
16:47
Last light:
17:27
Twilight ends:
18:51
Night

Whilst there will be more daylight going forward the same cannot be said for the temperature. This is just the beginning of winter* and temperatures will continue to drop for well over a month. The phenomena is known as seasonal lag where, despite there being more energy from the sun, the latent temperature of the Earth makes the air temperature slow to respond.

*Beginning of Astronomical winter. Meteological winter begins December 1 / June 1 (depending on hemisphere).

Winter Solstice Dates

Dates of shortest day of the year in Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Year Date Time (Solstice)
2020 20th June 18:46
2021 21st June 00:35
2022 21st June 06:17
2023 21st June 12:00
2024 20th June 17:54
2025 20th June 23:45
2026 21st June 05:28
2027 21st June 11:14
2028 20th June 17:04
2029 20th June 22:51
2030 21st June 04:34

The date of the equinoxes and solstices varies because a year in our calendar does not exactly match the length of the astronomical calendar.

The word solstice comes from Latin 'solstitium' meaning "the sun stands still". This is because the sun's path north or south stops before reversing direction.