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Sun rises before 5 a.m. for the first time in 2019

For nearly two months, the sun will officially rise before 5 a.m. and set after 8 p.m. in the Inland Northwest.

SPOKANE, Wash — Early risers can rejoice as Tuesday brought the first sunrise before the 5 a.m. hour in the Inland Northwest. 

As we near the end of spring and start of summer, day length extends by about two minutes each day. This gives us more time before the sun sets and less before the sunrise.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019, brought a sunrise at 4:59 a.m. with a total day length of about 15 and a half hours. The sunset on Tuesday comes at 8:35 p.m.

Before June 21, the Northwest will continue to see a gradual extension on day length, with the earliest official sunrise at about 4:51 a.m. and the latest sunset at about 8:51 p.m. 

This will bring us to a total of 16 hours of daylight and only eight hours of darkness.

This gives us plenty of time to continue warming up, with the warmest temperatures of the year expected around July and August. This is well after the Summer Solstice on June 21. 

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