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When exactly is the first day of summer?

20 June 2017

The summer solstice is the day of the year with the most daylight.

Here are some facts to know about the first day of summer.

The word "solstice" is from the Latin "solstitium" from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), meaning the sun standing still.

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Why does the solstice occur?

The solstice happens twice annually due to the Earth's axis of rotation, and known as the summer and winter solstice.

"During the summer solstice the Northern Hemisphere of Earth is tilted towards the sun resulting in increased sunlight and warmer temperatures".

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Although June 21 will be the longest day in 2017, it does not necessarily mean that it brings the earliest sunrise or latest sunset.

The actual Summer Solstice takes place June 20. On that day, the sun won't rise until about 7:29, and it'll be down by 4:29.

The longest day of 2017, for anyone living north of the Equator, is June 21.

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About 20,000 people usually gather at the ancient stone circle for the pagan festival associated with renewal, fertility and harvest. That is called the summer solstice. The sun is at its highest angle out of any other time of the year. There's more heating during our summer, making it hot, less heating during the winter, equating to cold air. The duration of the spring season was 93 days this year, while the summer season will also last for 93 days until the Autumn Equinox on August 22, QCH adds.

When exactly is the first day of summer?