One of the most beautiful things about living in Scotland is the long summer nights. They’re particularly lovely when the sky is reasonably clear. Some years June has been very overcast and wet, and we’ve felt very cheated of the long summer nights, especially considering what we put up with in the wintertime. But the past few days have provided us with lovely summer days and correspondingly light evenings. Here’s the view of the front garden at 10 pm on the 1st of June:
And here’s the sunset on the other side of the house, the same evening:
What’s interesting to me is how long the sunsets go on for. Timeanddate.com tells me that the official sunset time for the 2nd of June in Aberdeen was 9:53 pm. But it was still light in the sky an hour later:
The same thing happens with the sunrise, which on the 2nd of June in Aberdeen occurred at 4:21 a.m. I can tell you that if I’d been awake an hour earlier, it would have been getting light. I’ve read in bed with only the light from the window at 3:30 in the morning (though not lately, thankfully).
I was wondering whether we’ll lose some of these late nights when we move 100 miles or so south. According to timeanddate.com, we will have nearly identical sunset times. On the longest day, June 21st, the sun will set in Glasgow at 10:06 pm and in Aberdeen at 10:08 pm. However, if I’m insomniac (or who knows, coming home from a ceilidh in the wee hours) I will have to wait a bit longer for natural light in Glasgow. Sunrise on June 21st in Glasgow will be 4:31 a.m. whilst in Aberdeen the sun will rise at 4:12 a.m.
I can live with that!