It’s winter, snow is on the ground, and the sun feels like it is setting mid-afternoon. For those hoping for longer brighter days, the time is coming. The sunset time is getting later in Toronto, and will finally be at 5 pm this week.

If you feel like it has been a while since the sun set after 5 pm, it truly has.

According to Time and Date, our last 5 pm sunset in Toronto was on November 7th. By December 5th, the sun was setting at 4:40 pm, and the earliest sunset was on December 9th.

The December solstice (winter solstice) in Toronto was on December 21, 2023. In terms of daylight, it saw just 6 hours and 31 minutes of daylight.

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As of this month, the latest sunrise took place on January 5, when the sun rose around 7:51 am. And now, as of January 10th, we will be seeing 5 pm sunsets, meaning longer days are coming.

Image via National Research Council Canada

By January 31st, sunset will be at 5:26 pm, as we head into a longer February due to the Leap Year.

Daylight Saving Time will start on March 10 this year, and by then, the sunset time will be 7:18 pm.

We are looking forward to all the brighter days ahead!