It’s winter Solstice today, but what is it ?

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Evenings will gradually get lighter from today. CREDIT: Kirsty Bakstad

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year meaning there is less daylight than any other day of the year.

The solstice occurs when when the sun’s daily maximum height in the sky is at its lowest, and the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun.

People flocked to stonehenge this morning to witness the start of sunrise on the shortest day of the year at 04:49am.

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Sunset will take place tonight at 3:54pm, meaning there will only be just under eight hours of daylight.

From tomorrow days will start to get longer and weather experts believe that this Winter Solstice could be one of the mildest ever, as temperatures are well above average for the time of year.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Generally speaking there’s been quite a bit of cloud, but if the sun peeps through the clouds in early afternoon, it could just push the temperature up to 16C or something like that.”

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