Earliest sunset of the year comes Monday on the Outer Banks

Sunset at the N.C. Wildlife boat ramp along Bay Drive in Kill Devil Hills. [Kari Pugh/@OBXToday photo]

Things can only be looking up from here, as the days can only start getting longer after Monday.

Sunset along the Outer Banks has been at 4:48 p.m. for the last several evenings. But while the sun will subsequently start going down later on Tuesday, that doesn’t mean the days are getting longer just yet.

The days with the least amount of daylight on the Outer Banks will be December 21-23, when there is just 9 hours, 44 minutes between sunrise and sunset. The winter solstice takes place at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 21.

The latest sunrise of the year doesn’t happen until the first week of January, when the upper limb of the sun first appears over the horizon at 7:13 a.m. from January 3-8.

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