Longer nights as we quickly lose daylight

The time of year is approaching{ }when it's dark outside when{ }you leave for work and arrive home in the afternoon. The nights are quickly getting longer as darkness out weighs daylight, and we are quickly losing our daylight. Here's a breakdown of the details and what it means to our weather.

With a sunrise shortly after 7am and sunset at 6:42pm, D.C. has 11 hours and 33 minutes of daylight today, but that drops more than an hour to 10 hours{ }and 20 minutes by this time next month.{ }Compare that to our "shortest days," which are December 21st and 22nd when we have only 9 hours and 26 minutes of daylight.

Longer nights and shorter days in the fall generally{ }leads to cool mornings but comfortable, and sometimes warm afternoons.{ }For example, lows this morning are mostly in the 40s across the abc7 viewing area, but afternoon highs will reach into the lower 70s.{ }This is about a{ }30 degree temperature change, so you'll want a light jacket in the morning then short sleeves into the afternoon.{ }As for the weekend, it'll be slightly warmer but with a{ }big temperature{ }gap{ }as morning lows drop into the 50s and afternoon highs climb into the lower 80s by Sunday.{ }