When it's been cloudy most of the day, why does the sun come out near 5pm?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on July 19, 2011 at 6:31 PM

When it's been cloudy most of the day, why does the sun come out near 5pm?

Such conditions typically occur when low clouds called 'stratus' blanket our area. Sunlight/solar radiation gradually evaporates the water droplets making up the cloud deck. It's a slow process, sometimes clearing doesn't occur until late in the afternoon, depending upon the thickness of the cloud layer and other factors.

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