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This may be the one Friday you don’t want to get out of bed.
Not only is it the summer solstice - the longest day of the year - it’s also, according to Mayan belief, the end of the world.
So even though it’s going to be a sunny day in Melbourne [sorry Sydney, a shower or two is on the way] if you’re inclined to believe, or hope, or fear, that the end is nigh, you may be able to forget about doing the Christmas shopping.
The vexing question is: when, exactly, will the end of the world come if it is on December 21 2012? If it’s the middle of the day the solstice may very well cease to exist.
But if it’s the middle of Friday as at US time, Australians and fellow residents of Pacific nations will have a little longer to count down.
If, however, the apocalypse doesn’t eventuate, sadly the Christmas shopping will still need to be done.
On the other hand, there are expected to be more daylight minutes.
The mornings are expected to get darker from now. The sun is rising, but also setting, later. On December 29, daylight is extending to 8.48pm, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The late sunsets will last about a fortnight.
‘‘The earliest morning and the latest evening aren’t at the solstice but are between the two,’’ senior Bureau forecaster James Taylor said.
On Friday, Melbourne’s sunrise will be at 5.55am and sunset at 8.45pm, he said.
The end. Or is it?