The return of pumpkin spice lattes may be the unofficial start of fall, but there’s no escaping it anymore: the days are officially getting shorter and it’s getting darker, earlier.
And on Thursday, Chicago will see its last sunrise after 7 p.m.
According to NBC 5 Storm Team, the sun will set at 7:01 p.m. Thursday. A day later on Friday, sunset will set at 6:58 p.m.
At this point in the year, the city loses nearly three minutes of daylight each day, according to Sunrise-Sunset.
The city first crossed that threshold on St. Patrick’s Day in March, but after six months of luxuriously long days, the change in season means darkness will come earlier and earlier for the rest of the year. year.
In fact, at the end of September, sunset will occur just after 6:30 p.m., and from September 27 there will be less than 12 hours of daylight per day.
The reason why the autumnal equinox, which falls on September 22 at around 8:04 p.m., will feature slightly more daylight than at night is due to a variety of factors, including the refraction of sunlight by the atmosphere. earthly. This causes the light to linger for several minutes after sunset below the horizon, and therefore leads to more than 12 hours of daylight at the equinox.
October 23 will mark the first time the sun sets before 6 p.m., and sunset will continue to occur earlier and earlier until December 9, when it will set at 4:21 p.m. summer will end on November 6. , drawing sunset times earlier by a whole hour.
After that, the days will continue to get shorter due to later sunrises, but the sun will technically start staying out a little later each day, giving the region its first steps into spring 2023.