When exactly is the first day of summer?

Violet Powell
June 21, 2017

Tuesday marks the Summer Solstice-the day in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun is at its northernmost position in the sky as seen from Earth.

The shortest day of the year will take place on Thursday, Dec. 21 and is known as the winter solstice. Last summer, the solstice came June 20, but it will come June 21 both of the next two summers. In technical terms, this day is referred as the summer solstice, the longest day of the summer season.

For the next few days, the amount of daylight will stay about that length; then it will slowly start shrinking each day until the winter solstice on December 21.

Summer solstice is tonight at 4:24 Coordinated Universal Time.

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Many people around the world celebrate the summer solstice with music and festivities.

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac and Slooh.com, the summer solstice will begin at 12:24 a.m., Wednesday, June 21 in the Eastern Time zone.

This year's Solstice comes amidst a heat wave that is sweeping northern California with record-breaking temperatures. But the further north you go, the more daylight you receive. It reflects the tilt of the Earth itself - by roughly 23.4 - with respect to the path it traces out as it orbits the Sun. Contrast that with a location on a very similar longitude, say Dallas Texas, but is much further south, you get even less daylight.

Here are some facts to know about the first day of summer. For example, on June 20 there will be 14 hours, 29 minutes and 13 seconds of daylight in Huntsville. If you really want some extreme, around the Arctic Circle just north of Fairbanks, Alaska the sun never sets.

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