ST. LOUIS — It won’t be until mid-January that St. Louis area residents will see the sun set past 5 p.m.
Thanks to the end of Daylight Saving Time and the gradual shortening of days, the sunset around the bi-state is inching earlier and earlier until the winter solstice on Dec. 21, which is the date with the least amount of daylight all year.
This means St. Louis won’t see another sunset at 5 p.m. or later until January 12, 2020.
There’s a total of 9 hours 27 minutes and 57 seconds of daylight on the winter solstice—also known as the ‘shortest day’ of the year—compared to 14 hours 52 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight on the next summer solstice—known as the ‘longest day’ of the year.
The summer solstice in 2020 will happen on Saturday, June 20.