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Sunset Western Sahara

Sunrise and sunset in Western Sahara

Sunrise today: 7:00 h
Sunset today: 20:52 h
(Times for El Aaiún)

The times of sunrise and sunset in Western Sahara are influenced by the country's moderate northern position in the hemisphere. Not as extreme as in the United States, but still noticeable. The days in summer are long and in winter short. With up to approximately 13:50 hours the longest days are in June. On the other hand the longest dark nights happen in winter (in the southern hemisphere it is the other way around). In December a night in El Aaiún last almost 14 hours.

In these days the sun in El Aaiún rises at 7:00. The sunset on the other hand is currently late at 20:52 in the evening.


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Average length of day in El Aaiún

Average length of day in El Aaiún
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Sunrise and sunset in the most important cities of Western Sahara

Sunset Western SaharaThe cities are ordered by their geographic position from east to west, so in an approximate direction of the sun course. Since the orbit of the sun is elliptical, sunrise or sunset never happen on a whole longitude at the same time. All data given for June 30th., localtime in Western Sahara

CitySunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Smara06:55 am08:45 pm13:50 h
El Aaiún07:00 am08:52 pm13:52 h
Laayoune Plage07:01 am08:53 pm13:52 h
Dakhla07:18 am08:56 pm13:37 h


Sunrise and sunset by month (El Aaiún)

MonthSunriseSunsetHours of daylight
January08:42 am07:22 pm10:40 h
February08:27 am07:45 pm11:18 h
March08:00 am08:02 pm12:02 h
April06:27 am07:18 pm12:51 h
May07:03 am08:34 pm13:32 h
June06:56 am08:49 pm13:53 h
July07:06 am08:50 pm13:44 h
August07:22 am08:31 pm13:09 h
September07:37 am07:58 pm12:22 h
October07:51 am07:25 pm11:34 h
November08:11 am07:03 pm10:51 h
December08:33 am07:02 pm10:29 h



Duration of the sunset

The distance from the equator and the path of the sun determines not only the time of sunrise and sunset. The farther a country is from the equator, the more oblique the sun's path is to the horizon. And this causes a different duration that a sunset takes. El Aaiún lies on the 27th degree of northern latitude and is therefore quite far away from the equator. While a sunset near the equator only lasts about 20 minutes, in Western Sahara this period averages 26 minutes. Western Sahara is so close to the equator that there is no noticeable difference even between June and December.

International cities for comparison

CitySunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Berlin (Germany)04:44 am09:35 pm16:50 h
New York (USA)05:26 am08:32 pm15:07 h
Sydney (Australia)06:59 am04:57 pm9:58 h
Manila (Philippines)05:29 am06:30 pm13:01 h
Moscow (Russia)03:46 am09:20 pm17:34 h
Shanghai (China)04:51 am07:03 pm14:12 h
Helsinki (Finland)03:56 am10:51 pm18:56 h

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