Year's first sunset past 5 p.m. occurs Wednesday

Baltimore's first sunset to take place after 5 p.m. since November occurs Wednesday evening.

The last time the sun set after 5 p.m. or later was Nov. 6. Just a few days before that, sunset didn't come until after 6 p.m., but then an end to daylight savings time came.

Sunsets are getting about a minute later each day this time of year, and those gains accelerate as we approach spring. Sunset will near 5:30 p.m. by the end of the month.

Sunrises are also meanwhile starting to get earlier.

(Even though the hours of daylight started getting longer after the winter solstice occurred Dec. 21, that doesn't mean sunsets start getting later and sunrises earlier at the same time. Sunsets started getting later again each night a few weeks before the solstice, and sunrises don't start ticking back earlier in the morning until a few weeks after the solstice.)

Sunrise has been stalled around 7:26 a.m. but is getting a few seconds earlier each day, reaching 7:25 a.m. by Jan. 13 and 7:14 a.m. by the end of the month.

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