How much daylight will we soon be gaining

TULSA, Okla. — We’re gaining more than 2 minutes of daylight each day and I wanted to show you just how much more we’ll gain this season. It’s April 1st and we enjoy 12 hours and 37 minutes of daylight – all of which came with full sunshine today. That puts today’s sunset at 7:46 P.M.

Jumping ahead a month, we gain over an hour of daylight between our sunrise and sunset, with that sunset time jumping beyond 8 P.M. by the start of May. By June, the rate of daylight gain slows as we near the solstice. Even so, we add another 45 minutes or so of daylight with a sunset falling beyond 8:30 in Tulsa. Once we get to June 20, the summer solstice, we add exactly 2 hours of daylight compared today – that’s how much more sunlight we have to go before our days start getting shorter. That means our longest day of the year regarding daylight is just 80 days from now!

For us sunlight lovers, that is some good news. But there’s a downside to this. We are already in the sunnier half of the year which means we can get a sunburn quite readily even on a cool spring day.

The sun angle is getting higher by the day, reaching a 60 degree angle above the horizon at this point in the year. We measure this by the UV Index – on a scale of 0 to over 11. Here are the associated average burn times with those numbers. At this point in the year, we tend to top out in the high category meaning you can start to burn in under half an hour. By the end of the month, that can happen in as little as 15 minutes midday.

On a sunny day, the max UV index occurs shortly after 1 PM for Green Country. Remember to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Wearing a hat, long-sleeves and sunglasses will also help protect you from a burn or other sun-related issues this time of year.

The moral of this sunlight story, if you haven’t already started, now is the time to wear sun protection when spending extended time outdoors.