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Shortest Day of the Year for New Zealand

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Today, 21st June, is the shortest day of the year today for New Zealand.

Tomorrow, you’ll get a whole extra second of daylight – two if you live in southern New Zealand.

By the end of the June, that extra daylight will be measured in minutes.

The winter solstice occurred at exactly 9.43am. It marks the point when New Zealand, and the rest of the southern hemisphere, begins receiving more daylight as the sun’s angle in the sky begins to increase.

But don’t think that will bring about warmer temperatures. Like the longest day in summer – shortly before Christmas Day, there is a delay with the temperatures.

The coldest weather in New Zealand is yet to come. We wait until July and August for our coldest weather to kick in.

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