Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice.
The solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This year the summer begins with the solstice on June 21 at 12:38 P.M. EDT. Are you ready for hot times in the summertime?
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The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. Solstice comes from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice).
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