The tilt of the Earth’s axis is least aligned with the sun Thursday, which means the sun rose on the furthest southward location of the year, National Weather Service meteorologist Dustin Guy said.

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It is the day with the least amount of daylight all year.

The tilt of the Earth’s axis is least aligned with the sun Thursday, which means the sun rose for the Seattle area on the furthest southward location of the year, National Weather Service meteorologist Dustin Guy said.

The sun rose at 7:55 a.m. and will set at 4:20 p.m.

The area will see partly sunny skies, with highs around 43 degrees, throughout the afternoon, Guy said.

A weak weather system passing to the east could bring light precipitation in the evening, with areas above 500 feet of elevation potentially seeing light snow, he said.

That wet forecast extends to Friday, with mostly cloudy skies, according to the service.

Meteorologists expect sunshine on Saturday, with “an unsettled pattern” moving in with a chance of rain on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.