Tomorrow, the Philippines will experience this year’s longest night, with pitch darkness at round midnight, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA.
This means the nights during the start of winter solstice will be longer than the daytime, but countries that do not have the winter season, like the Philippines, will only experience cooler temperatures and longer nights.
This is the time, according to weather experts, when the sun lies at its farthest point south of the equator, signaling “the onset of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.” it said.
The Northern Hemisphere, which the Philippines is part of, is reaching its peak darkness or winter solstice at about 12:19 p.m. (Philippine standard time) tomorrow.
The winter solstice, which is when the sun gives off fewest sunlight hours of the year as it lies at its farthest point south of the equator, marks the start of winter for countries in the northern hemisphere and summer for those in the southern hemisphere.
“Earth has now completed another annual circuit around the sun,” according to PAGASA.
For the Philippines, which only has wet and dry seasons because it is close to the equator, this usually means shorter and colder days ahead. Those located near the equator receive more direct sunlight.