So long, sunlight: Minnesota's days are about to get darker earlier

Hello darkness, my old friend.
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sunset, Lake Waconia

The sun setting over Lake Waconia. 

Depending on who you ask, it's still spring in the United States. 

Meteorological summer starts on June 1 and lasts through the end of August, while the astrological summer doesn't begin until the summer solstice, ending just over three months later with the fall equinox. 

Friday, June 21 is this year's summer solstice, and with it comes the official unwinding of our daylight, with the sun setting earlier each day for the next handful of months before Minnesotans are eventually stuck in another cold, dark winter. 

The sun will rise at 5:26 a.m. Friday and set at 9:30 p.m. We'll lose seconds per day through the end of June before the sun begins setting at a more rapid clip each day and week from July onward. 

By July 3, the sunset will be a minute earlier at 9:02 p.m. By July 17, it'll be dark by 8:55 p.m., and that's when the more rapid decline in daylight starts. 

  • July 18 - 8:54 p.m. 
  • July 19 - 8:53 p.m. 
  • July 20 - 8:52 p.m. 
  • July 21 - 8:51 p.m. 
  • July 22 - 8:51 p.m. 
  • July 23 - 8:50 p.m. 
  • July 24 - 8:49 p.m. 
  • July 23 - 8:47 p.m. (oh god, that's a 2-minute drop)

You get the point. We lose about a minute of daylight every day starting July 17, and by the end of August it'll be dark out by 7:52 p.m. Then, on Sept. 28, the sun will be down by 6:59 p.m. 

What time will the sun set on Halloween? Ugh: 6:02 p.m. 

Daylight savings time hits Nov. 3, at which point the sun will be down before the clock strikes 5 p.m. 

Enjoy the summer as long as you can because it'll be over before you know it. 

At least some more summer-like temps are on the way, with highs in the Twin Cities expected to soar into the middle 80s, possibly even the 90s, next week. 

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