When exactly is the first day of summer?

The sun’s rays hitting Earth on summer solstice in the northern hemisphere

Continues Bill: "At that point the "solstice" sets in which means the sun starts in the other direction". This is where the word solstice comes from; the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop). Around the world people are celebrating the summer and winter solstices which mark the longest and shortest days of the year. Next year, the solstice will occur just after sunrise at 6:07 on June 21 so that day will get the extra second, at least according to the mathematical formulae that predict these things. The closer you live to a tropic around the solstice, the more consistent those endless summer (and, technically, spring) days seem to last.

"We are at the point where the Southern Hemisphere is further from the Sun".

The date where Earth is the furthest from the star is marked by the winter solstice. The first day of winter you'll hear it's the shortest day of the year and for summer it's the opposite.

Midsummer's Eve is a celebration of the summer solstice, although it wasn't, and isn't, always held exactly on the day of the solstice.

Happy first day of summer!

The opposite happens during the Winter Solstice, which occurs here at 10:28 a.m. December 21. Water is slower to heat (or cool) than air or land.

How do people celebrate summer solstice?

This process is called the lag of the seasons.

Question: What is Midsummer Day (June 24)? This time also marks the beginning of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Because of the fact our planet revolves around the sun and is tilted at angle we experience the seasons.

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This year, the solstice occurred at 12:24 a.m. on June 21.

In ancient Egypt, summer was the start of the new year.

This is a six month pinhole photo taken from solstice to solstice, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.

Deep snow in winter, tall grain in summer.

When the birds of summer gather, the summer too prepares to depart.

One swallow never made a summer.

Winds blowing from the east May 19-21 portend a dry summer.

That's a good thing for people living in the USA - we all enjoy a little more light during our morning and evening commutes, after-work playtime, and summer vacations. If there are none, expect fine weather.

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