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Sunrise/set times for the United Kingdom - June

The map below shows isochrones or lines linking places with the same times of sunrise (green lines) and sunset (red lines) for the United Kingdom for mid-June. These lines show the position of the terminator, the boundary between the illuminated and dark areas of the Earth, as it sweeps across the face of the globe. At this time of the year the terminator for sunrise runs north west to south east and that for sunset runs north east to south west. The Shetland Isles see the earliest sunrise and the Isles of Scilly have the latest sunrise. The earliest sunset takes place in south-east Kent and the latest sunset takes place on the Isle of Lewis. The time system used in the map is British Summer Time (BST) which can be regarded as UTC plus one hour for the purposes of this exercise. For example, we can see that sunrise in Hull occurs at 04:30 BST and sunset in Edinburgh occurs at 22:00 BST.

UK Sunrise/set times for June

If the United Kingdom elected to move to Central European Summer time (CEST), two hours in advance of UTC for the Spring and Summer months, this would mean darker mornings and lighter evenings. For example, sunrise in London would take place at 05:43 CEST and sunset would take place at 22:19 CEST. In Glasgow, sunrise would take place 05:31 CEST and sunset at 23:04 CEST. In the case of Northern Ireland, sunrise times would occur between 05:45 CEST and 06:00 CEST. Stornoway would see the Sun rise at 05:20 CEST and set at 23:32 CEST.

Sunrise/set times for mid-June
United Kingdom
SunriseSunset SunriseSunset
Lerwick 03:3922:31 04:3923:31
Kirkwall 03:5922:26 04:5923:26
Stornoway 04:2022:32 05:2023:32
Inverness 04:1822:17 05:1823:17
Aberdeen 04:1222:05 05:1223:05
Edinburgh 04:2622:00 05:2623:00
Glasgow 04:3122:04 05:3123:04
Londonderry04:5022:10 05:5023:10
Newcastle 04:2721:47 05:2722:47
Carlisle 04:3321:52 05:3322:52
Belfast 04:4722:01 05:4723:01
Douglas IoM04:4421:53 05:4422:53
Leeds 04:3521:39 05:3522:39
Hull 04:3021:33 05:3022:33
Manchester 04:3921:40 05:3922:40
Liverpool 04:4321:42 05:4322:42
Leicester 04:4021:30 05:4022:30
Norwich 04:3121:20 05:3122:20
Birmingham 04:4421:32 05:4422:32
Aberystwyth04:5321:40 05:5322:40
Ipswich 04:3421:17 05:3422:17
Cardiff 04:5521:32 05:5522:32
London 04:4321:19 05:4322:19
Dover 04:3921:11 05:3922:11
Southampton04:5121:21 05:5122:21
Exeter 05:0121:28 06:0122:28
Penzance 05:1221:33 06:1222:33
St. Helier 05:0321:15 06:0322:15
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