Posted on June 20, 2012 at 8:08 AM
It’s officially summertime…arriving at 7:09 this evening! This will be our longest day of the year with 14 hours, 55 minutes and 35 seconds of daylight. Approximately one minute longer than tomorrow.
Usually the summer solstice either occurs on June 20th or 21st. It all depends on when the sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. This year it falls on the 20th. Next year, summer falls on June 21 at 1:04 in the morning.
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time.
It is only fitting that we could see our hottest temperature of the year today with a possible high of 94! The only relief in sight over the next week is a very slight chance of a few showers and storms late Thursday into Friday and then again Monday. A cool down won’t happen until next Tuesday (low 80s!).