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First Day of Summer 21 June – Find out more

Today is June 21st which means that not only is it the official first day of summer but it’s the Summer Solstice too.

This means that it is the day with the longest hours of daylight in the Northern hemisphere and the shortest in the Southern.

Solstices occur twice a year, when the tilt of the earth is most oriented toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to reach its northernmost and southernmost extremes.

Apparently the name is derived from the Latin sol and sistere, because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, its apparent movement north or south comes to a standstill.

By Patrick Altoft. at 11:38PM on Friday, 20 Jun 2008

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45 Responses to “First Day of Summer 21 June – Find out more”

  1. adguru says:

    Thanks for this post.

  2. Simon Ward says:

    And the number 1 search term in google trends for today is…. :P

  3. Wallace says:

    yesterday was the hottest day this year in Hong Kong…

  4. Rob says:

    Interestingly since this is the longest day, and the astronomical beginning of Summer, spring has as many long days as summer.

    Rob
    Perfume Point

  5. SEAN BENNETT says:

    I LOVE THE SUN REALLY ITS NICE AND WOUM

  6. Kitty says:

    Actually the 20th (Friday), not the 21st was the Summer Solstice this year, due to 2008 being a leap year. NIce explanation though :)

  7. fiona says:

    It looks like the dullest day in Belfast its rainning :( Not a good start to summer…..

  8. Peter Poolman says:

    And today Holland is going to kick ass in the quarter finals :P

  9. Mike says:

    Don’t be daft. It isn’t the first day of summer. Midsummer’s day is only a couple of days away!

  10. Shain McLeod says:

    Well its cold wet and cloudy here in Coalville, Leicestershire lol so much for the first day of summer.

  11. Colin Milne says:

    If 21 June is the first day of Summer and 24 June is Midsummer’s day, does that mean that Summer ends on 27Jun?

  12. israel says:

    the beginning of the summer!???
    Well, not in UK!! LOL
    We have a horrible weather over here!!:(

    Cheers and thanks for the post

  13. anon says:

    ha! and it’s raining in birmingham, england :(

  14. Justine says:

    it might be be the first dai of summer but it isnt reely its like pouring with rain and dull!!

  15. Cammy says:

    And it is raining here in Hawick – Scotland : (

  16. Sally says:

    Does this mean it will rain for the rest of the summer !! as we have had rain ALL day

  17. shakib says:

    how come it is a bad cloudy day in central london then how come it is the first of summer today?

    could someone please tell me why and please send me a satellite picture of the earth tilting it will be very great

    thanks

  18. Steve says:

    first day of summer and its raining in the U.K… :-(

  19. James says:

    well over here in repton, derbyshire its not lookin very summery at all!!!

  20. hollie says:

    hi i love love summer and it time to enjoy

  21. Emily says:

    No offence first day of summer and its bludy freeezing over in england :(.
    ahh well hope it gets beta :D x x

  22. Alan says:

    first day of summer in england ( raining heaily!!!)

  23. shafjd says:

    start of summer , dont seem so, waitin all year for summer but this time its too late.

  24. Conrad says:

    Congratulations. This post should drive a fair amount of traffic.

  25. Limo Hire says:

    I wish it was hot here today! lol.

  26. Barry says:

    The summer solstice is otherwise known as midsummer, NOT “the first day of summer”. If we accept that the seasons consist of 3 months each, then summer begins about 6 weeks BEFORE the solstice/midsummer; that is, around 10th May.

  27. VITA says:

    SUMMER, BUT WAS RAINING, AND NOW IT IS VERY COLD :(

  28. VITA says:

    SUMMER, BUT TODAY WAS RAINING AND NOW IT IS VERY COLD :(

  29. Mike says:

    Yeah, first day of summer and guess what? It’s raining here in England :|. lol

  30. Dimitri Vinogradov says:

    How CAN the longest day of the year possibly be the first day of summer? Surely it’s the middle of summer, with days with long hours of daylight distributed evenly both sides of the longest day.

  31. Aimee says:

    Haha , yeah summer , right now in england it’s 20:37 and it’s bucketing it down , Some summber this is going to be!

    Crummy!

  32. Aimee says:

    HAHAHAHA

  33. Ian Gordon says:

    I always thought pre Christian peoples- like the Celts, celebrated the start of Summer in May- with the festival of Belatane.

    I also hear on Classic FM this morning- that Midsummer’s Day is celebrated on the 24th June…

    Typical artsy ‘Historian’, confusing the issue..;-)

    Thanks for posting.

    Ian

  34. Taposhi says:

    Thanks for sharing that very useful piece of news!

  35. siddiq says:

    but we already felt heat in April, so what does it mean First Day of Summer? i didn’t get it, summer start in April or June?

  36. Limo Hire says:

    It wasn’t so nice here in Bath today!

  37. Gav says:

    I’d just like to say, that midwinters day down here in Sydney was beautiful and I went sunbathing on Coogee Beach for the day.

    Seems better than mid-summers back in Blighty by all accounts!

  38. Limo News says:

    Looks like we’re about to have a great summer. (YEAH RIGHT) lol.

    Today is slightly better but not as good as we expected.

    I suppose it never is in the UK. Especially where we are, in the Northwest.

  39. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to wait for this day next year now, because the weather here in Manchester never got much better.

  40. Dave Hitchborne says:

    If the first day of summer is the 21st June and midsummer’s day is the 24th June, then summer is only 8 days long. Sounds about right to me considering the temperatures we had.

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  42. Hi all,

    We have not has much summer this year again. Why does this keep happening to us in the UK.

  43. jodie says:

    it is not really sunni now though lol

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