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.

Saturday, 1st January 2022, 11:37 am
Updated Saturday, 1st January 2022, 11:45 am
One of the people on the top of Cave Hill watch as the sun rises over Belfast on NewvYear's morning 2022. Picture: Michael Cooper

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.

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See the people silhouetted on the top of Cavehill, as they watch as the sun rising over Belfast just after 846am on New Year's morning. Picture: Michael Cooper

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.

A celebrant of the first sunrise over Belfast of 2022! Picture: Michael Cooper

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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