PICTURES: See the sun rising over Belfast on the first dawn of 2022
A group of people gathered on Cavehill this morning to usher in the first sunrise of the year.
These pictures show them standing high above Belfast.
They were rewarded with sunshine.
It could easily at this point in the calendar have been a cloudy, grey morning.
Instead, the sun really did break through at sunrise of 8.46am.
This is close to the latest sunrise of the year.
The shortest day — the winter solstice — is December 21.
But the earliest sunset is a few days before that, 3.57pm on December 17, and the latest sunrise is a few days after, in late December.
From tomorrow, the sunrises begin to get gradually earlier.
The weather so far in greater Belfast on new year’s morning is bright but blustery — almost stormy.
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