Sunset United Kingdom

Sunrise and sunset in the United Kingdom

Sunrise today: 4:52 h
Sunset today: 21:02 h
(Times for London)

The times for sunrise and sunset in the United Kingdom are significantly influenced by the high location in the northern hemisphere. Relatively high in the north, the days are long in summer (June to September) and short in winter (December to March). With up to about 16:40 hours, there are the longest days in June. The longest dark nights, on the other hand, are in winter. A December night in London lasts almost 17 hours and the days start about 4 hours later.

Who wants to look at the sunrise during these days, has to wake up early. Sunrise in London starts already at 4:52 in the morning. The sunset on the other hand is currently late at 21:02 in the evening.

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Average length of day in London

The following graph shows the times of sunrise and sunset over the course of the year. The duration of twilight can be seen at the top and bottom edges. The vertical offset between March and October shows the effect of daylight saving time, when the time is set one hour ahead.Average length of day in London
      sunshine duration       twilight phase

Sunrise and sunset in the most important cities of the United Kingdom

Sunset United KingdomThe cities are ordered by their geographic position from east to west, so in an approximate direction of the sun's course. Since the orbit around the sun is elliptical, sunrise or sunset never happen on a whole longitude at the same time. All data given for May 27th., localtime in the United Kingdom

CitySunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Islington04:52 am09:02 pm16:10 h
London04:52 am09:02 pm16:10 h
Hull04:41 am09:15 pm16:33 h
Leicester04:50 am09:12 pm16:21 h
Sheffield04:48 am09:17 pm16:29 h
Coventry04:53 am09:12 pm16:19 h
Leeds04:46 am09:20 pm16:34 h
Bradford04:47 am09:21 pm16:34 h
Birmingham04:54 am09:14 pm16:20 h
Manchester04:50 am09:21 pm16:30 h
Bristol05:02 am09:12 pm16:10 h
Liverpool04:54 am09:23 pm16:30 h
Cardiff05:04 am09:14 pm16:10 h
Edinburgh04:39 am09:39 pm16:60 h
Glasgow04:44 am09:43 pm16:59 h

Sunrise and sunset by month (London)

MonthSunriseSunsetHours of daylight
January07:57 am04:22 pm8:25 h
February07:12 am05:16 pm10:04 h
March06:13 am06:05 pm11:53 h
April06:03 am07:58 pm13:55 h
May05:06 am08:47 pm15:40 h
June04:40 am09:21 pm16:41 h
July04:58 am09:14 pm16:15 h
August05:44 am08:26 pm14:42 h
September06:33 am07:18 pm12:45 h
October07:22 am06:10 pm10:48 h
November07:16 am04:13 pm8:57 h
December07:57 am03:53 pm7:56 h

Where does the sun rise in the United Kingdom?

The sun always rises in the east, everywhere and regardless of the country or continent. The easternmost city in the United Kingdom is Lowestoft in the region of England. There, the sun rises at 4:40 am and sets at 8:59 pm these days. The latest sunset is currently experienced in the west in the city of Enniskillen (Northern Ireland) at 21:47.

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, causing sunset to last for a different duration. London lies on the 52nd degree of northern latitude and is therefore very far away from the equator. While a sunset near the equator lasts only about 20 minutes, in the United Kingdom, this period averages 50 minutes. In June, it's about 60 minutes in London, while in December it's 41 minutes.

International cities for comparison

CitySunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Berlin (Germany)04:52 am09:14 pm16:23 h
New York (USA)05:28 am08:17 pm14:49 h
Sydney (Australia)06:46 am04:57 pm10:11 h
Manila (Philippines)05:25 am06:21 pm12:56 h
Moscow (Russia)03:56 am08:56 pm16:60 h
Shanghai (China)04:51 am06:51 pm14:00 h
Helsinki (Finland)04:12 am10:21 pm18:09 h

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