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Summer’s gone, here comes fall

We squeezed as much as we could out of summer these last few weeks, but at 5:18 p.m. today, it will officially come to an end.

We squeezed as much as we could out of summer these last few weeks, but at 5:18 p.m. today, it will officially come to an end.

Today is the autumnal equinox, or the first day of fall, when the length of day roughly equals the night.
Starting tomorrow — and for the next six months — there will be more darkness than light.

It’s one of two times during the year when the sun is directly over the earth’s equator. It’s also when the length of day changes at the fastest rate.

We’re losing four minutes of light every day, said John Percy, professor emeritus in astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Toronto.

“For some of us, we can actually detect that in our sleep patterns.”

But it’s not all bleak. Of course, there are the fall colours, pumpkin pie, hockey season and Halloween to look forward to.

What’s more, one of the country’s leading weather experts says we can expect the unseasonably warm temperatures we have enjoyed of late to continue a little while longer.

“It may be the first part of fall will be the summer we never had,” said David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada.

 
 
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