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When do the mornings start getting lighter?

It won’t be long before you get your lovely sunny commute back

Written by
Faima Bakar

Remember the sun? It’s been a while since we felt its warm glow in the UK, with most of us going to work in the dark... and coming home in the dark (or toiling away inside while WFH).

But a new year brings new weather – and it should be no time at all before we get our longer days back. Here’s everything we know about when the mornings will start getting lighter again.

When do mornings get lighter?

It might not feel like it, but since the Winter Solstice on December 21 2022, the days have been getting longer.

But with the sun still rising at around 8am in London (with slight variations across the country), you may well not have noticed.

From today (January 5), the UK will be getting more than eight hours of daylight, with earlier sunrises and later sunsets. But it won’t be until February 7 that we get a sunset past 5pm. 

When do the clocks go forward in 2023?

We’re only in January, but spring isn’t too far away. The first day of spring is March 20. This marks the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, meaning day and night are of equal length. 

On March 26 the clocks will go forward one hour at 1am. (And yes, this does mean you lose an hour’s sleep.)

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