The afternoon stretches from twelve minutes after noon until six o’clock in the evening. Many people believe that sunset marks the end of the afternoon; however, this viewpoint results in a significant shift in when the afternoon officially ends, from 5 p.m. in the middle of winter to 9:30 p.m. in the middle of summer.
Utilizing the meteorological time, which must be consistent all over the world for forecasting purposes, is one method for determining the beginning and ending times of the morning, afternoon, evening, and night. According to meteorologists, the morning hours are from six in the morning until noon. The hours from noon until six in the evening make up the afternoon. The evening hours begin at 6 p.m. and continue until midnight. Midnight to six in the morning is considered to be overnight.