Winter solstice: Today is the shortest day of the year

Fittingly it is cold and wet across Australia, with Sydney and Perth shivering through the most wintry weather.

Winter solstice: Today is the shortest day of the year

Today is the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

Fittingly it is cold and wet across Australia, with Sydney and Perth shivering through the most wintry weather.

Capital cities will see just nine hours of daylight, with the shortest day around Australia in Hobart, with just nine hours and one minute between sunrise at 7.42 am and sunset at 4.43 pm.

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Sydney has about nine hours and 54 minutes between sunrise and sunset today, with sunrise at 7am and sunset at 4.54 pm, according to Weatherzone.

Melbourne will have nine hours and 33 minutes, with sunrise at 7.35am and sunset at 5.08pm.

Other countries around the world start their seasons on the solstices and the equinoxes, such as the US which marks the first day of summer today.

But in Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology defines the seasons by months.

"These definitions reflect the lag in heating and cooling as the sun appears to move southward and northward across the equator," the BoM said.

"They are also useful for compiling and presenting climate-based statistics on time scales such as months and seasons."

Sydney is in for more rain this week.

Looking forward, much of Australia's east is in for a wet and cold week of weather after a weekend deluge also hit parts of Western Australia.

Parts of WA recorded the wettest June day on record.

More rain is expected in both Sydney and Perth today, with showers continuing tomorrow in both cities, before clearing up on Wednesday.

Sydney has had over 9mm of rain in the past 24 hours, with 37mm falling in Perth over the weekend.

A total of 61mm fell on Rottnest Island - the wettest June day on record.

The WA capital will only reach a cool 14C today with showers and even the chance of hail.

After Victoria was smashed by wild storms last week, it will be mostly dry over the next few days, with showers returning on Wednesday and Thursday,

Melbourne will see a chilly low of 4C overnight.

Meanwhile, Brisbane will be a mostly sunny 23C, Adelaide can also expect sun before showers tomorrow, and Hobart will reach a sunny 13C and remain dry until Thursday.

Darwin will be a hot 32C, with a sunny week ahead.

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