Londoners have shared pictures of the glorious sunrise on Wednesday after the longest night of the year.
The silhouette of the London skyline contrasted against the pastel hues that lit up the sky over the capital.
People have taken to social media to share their snaps of the sunrise.
Among the sea of beautiful pictures, one Twitter user praised the “spectacular” sunrise as they shared their photograph.
— Mara Leite (@TheMNVL) December 22, 2021
Another uploaded a picture taken of Richmond Park with the caption: “Moonfall, sunrise on the first day of the half of the year when days get longer.”
— Sarah R (@SarickwoodSarah) December 22, 2021
One Londoner shared a picture with the caption: “Cracking sunrise in south london this morning”.
Cracking sunrise in south london this morning pic.twitter.com/8SyGReTUmc
— Millwall halfwayline (@millwalljdb) December 22, 2021
And another user managed to capture a beautiful sunrise over the Maritime College in Greenwich, south-east London.
sunrise in Greenwich this morning was incredible 😍 pic.twitter.com/PD2sB9dIJf
— Matt🤠 (@ITSYUNGPERM) December 22, 2021
Tuesday marked Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and official start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
The UK saw seven hours and 49 minutes of daylight, with the sun rising at 8.03am and setting at 3.53pm.
This is the day when the northern hemisphere is tilted the furthest away from the sun, effectively shortening the amount of light that we get.
The days have been getting shorter and the nights longer for the past six months but this is now in reverse.
Summer solstice, which usually falls on June 21, the opposite effect takes place and we get our longest day of the year.