The weather, currently.
Summer is officially here and it sure will feel like it this week! Wednesday’s weather will feature a mix of sun and clouds and a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm. Our high will be 86°F. Dry lightning will be a concern around our area and there is an elevated fire threat. Thankfully, skies clear overnight and we’ll have a low of 67°F. The rest of the week is once again looking quite warm. If you’re vulnerable to the heat, try to limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day. Enjoy your Wednesday!
What you need to know, currently.
Everyone get ready to soak up the sun, as the first day of astronomical summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) has officially arrived. Although, meteorological summer began on June 1, and many of us have already been feeling the heat!
Today marks the summer solstice, making it the start of a new season as well as the longest day of the year. According to the National Weather Service, the solstice began at 5:13 a.m. on the East Coast and 2:13 a.m. on the West Coast.
A solstice occurs when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit when its at the most northerly point in the sky — above the Tropic of Cancer — at 23.5 degrees north latitude. It sits there for a bit before reversing and continuing its way southward towards the equator. Today, we have the most hours of daylight and the least amount of darkness out of any day in the year because the sun takes the longest path across the sky from sunrise to sunset.
The summer solstice corresponds with the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, which — conversely — marks the start of the winter season and the shortest day and longest night of the year.
Solstices happen every June and December and historically, were used as ways of timekeeping, as they occur at the same time around the world.