Sisters Megan and Natalie Blake enjoy the sunshine, a day before the summer solstice.
Sisters Megan and Natalie Blake enjoy the sunshine, a day before the summer solstice. Emma Channon

Plenty of daylight on Thursday

SCORES of children put the warm weather to good use yesterday, spending their Christmas holidays playing in the sunshine at Leslie Park.

But from today, that sunshine is set to gradually shorten, with December 22 signalling the longest day of the year, or the summer solstice.

For five-year-old Megan Blake and younger sister Natalie, 3, the Christmas holidays mean spending as much time as possible outside.

"I like coming here and playing on the swings," Megan said.

"It's nice when it's sunny because then it's not raining."

The sun rose at 4.52am today and will set at 6.48pm, and Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Lauren Murphy said that margin would begin to narrow from tomorrow.

"Temperatures over the next few days should also be a couple of degrees cooler and we're seeing a below-average December," she said.

"An upper trough will move across Saturday and Christmas should be mostly fine, though we will see an isolated shower."


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