It has been a funny old summer. Two massive heatwaves saw record temperatures broken in Birmingham. But it has often felt like there was just as much downpour as there was sunshine. One thing we have enjoyed, however, is our late sunny evenings. Warm strolls along the water’s edge and dining alfresco in the city centre have been particular favourite pastimes.
But as they say, you cannot stop the changing of the seasons. And we’ve noticed our evenings becoming more autumnal by the day recently. Unsurprisingly then, we realised that next week we will see the last 8PM sunset of the year in Birmingham.
According to Time and Date, the sun will set at exactly 20:00 on August 30, before setting at the very bizarre time of 19:58 the very next day. We’ve had a long summer of late nights. Since April 12, every sunset has taken place after 8PM, but we won’t see another one as late again until the same date of next year. Of course, the days have been getting shorter since June 23, but this feels like a real sign that summer is ending and winter is fast-approaching.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however. Autumn won’t officially start until late-September. And the end of summer really only means a season of celebrations are incoming. From Halloween to Guy Fawkes, Christmas and New Year, there’s plenty to look forward to. We’re already a little giddy over the thought of pulling up a seat next to a pub fire and sharing pints with friends.
At least we’ll get to enjoy our Bank Holiday weekend before the last 8PM sunset too. With temperatures currently looking like they’ll settle around a very comfortable 21°, with a lot of sunshine to enjoy, we can eke out the last of the summer vibes in style.