If you haven’t already, it’s time to get your shorts on and break out the ice box – summer is finally here!
Summer solstice is an important day in several cultures and countries, including Northern Ireland, where it is called the “Day of Private Reflection” and is used to remember the conflict caused as a result of the Troubles.
How long is the longest day of the year?
Summer solstice also marks the longest day of the year, as well as the start of summer. In theory, it should also be the hottest day of the year, although this isn’t the case more often than not.
On June 21st, the sun will rise at around 4:40am, with sunset taking place no earlier than 9:23pm. As such, we will experience approximately 16 hours and 43 minutes of sunlight on this day.
How long will the summer last for?
As 2022’s summer begins on June 21st in the UK, it will end on September 23rd, meaning that the summer will last for a duration of just over three months. Enjoy the sun while you can!
In a meteorological sense, however, the summer of 2022 actually began on June 1st – and will end on August 31st. This is merely an alternative way of organising the seasons of the year – it has no bearing on when the summer solstice takes place.