Earlier sunrises, later sunsets and more hours of daylight are on the way

Cold temperatures will ring in the new year

SPOKANE, Wash. — Are you feeling down from the dark and gloomy weather? We’ve got some good news for you!

The days of minimal daylight will soon be a thing of the past…. at least until next year.

The sun will begin to rise at 7 a.m. starting on February 12. The last time the Inland Northwest experienced a sunrise before 7 a.m. was November 18.

With earlier sunrises also comes later sunsets. The Inland Northwest will see its first sunset after 5 p.m. on February 7.

February will also bring more daylight to the region. Throughout most of January, Spokane and Coeur d’Alene have seen between 8.5 and 9 hours of daylight. The days continue to get longer each day, but February 10 will bring a full 10 hours of daylight.

This year, Daylight Saving Time will begin on Sunday, March 8. Voters in Washington state approved a bill that would permanently allow the state to remain on daylight saving time, but the time change needs approval from Congress. At this point, there is no timeline on when, if at all, an exception will be made.

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