The summer solstice is the longest day of the year – the day in which we can enjoy approximately 17 hours of daylight.
It might seem like good news, but for those of us in the northern hemisphere this is the time when the sun’s path stops moving northward in the sky and the days begin to slowly shorten.
In the northern hemisphere, summer solstice takes place between June 20 and 22.
WHEN IS THE LONGEST DAY?
This year it’s Friday, June 21 2019 The sun will rise at 4.45am and sunset will happen at 10.34pm.
The winter solstice (the shortest day of the year) falls between December 20 and 22 in the UK. This year it’s on Sunday, December 22 2019.
Here’s a list of the dates and times of solstices & equinoxes this year.
- Vernal Equinox (Spring) March 20 2019 03:50 GMT
- Summer Solstice (Summer) June 21 2019 16:54 GMT
- Autumnal Equinox (Fall) September 23 2019 08:50 GMT
- Winter Solstice (Winter) December 21 2019 04:19 GMT
SO THE DAYS WILL BE SHORTER AFTER THE SUMMER SOLSTICE?
Yes, but we won’t notice a difference for a while. The shortest day of the year isn’t until December – known as the winter solstice.
The June solstice happens when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun, directly over the Tropic of Cancer, so that’s why we get the most daylight of the year.
During the winter solstice, the Earth’s axis is tilted furthest away from the sun directly over the Tropic of
Capricorn bringing only a few hours of daylight.
The shortest day of the year lasts for 7 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds in Britain. This day is 8 hours, 49 minutes shorter than the June solstice.