The winter solstice is also called 'mid winter'. In meteorology terms in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is the entire period of December through to February. Confusingly though the solstice is the astronomical start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
On 21 Dec the sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere. The sun's path has reached its southernmost position.
So 21 Dec 2016 is known as midwinter as well as the start of winter!
21 Dec was cloudy in London and the sunrise was not visible. However there had been some nice sunrises a few days before -
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