It’s summer solstice today but what is it ?

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Summer solstice is the longest day of the year when there will be nearly 17 hours of daylight.

The day after Summer Solstice, days will gradually get shorter until the winter Solstice which is the shortest day and the longest night of the year, this will occur on December 22nd.

While it is the day that has the most sunlight, Britain’s weather typically does not become hotter until later in the summer.

Around the time of the summer solstice areas of Norway, Finland, Greenland, Alaska and other polar regions experience ‘midnight sun’.

In the Arctic Circle the sun does not set at all. This is down to a latitude 23 degrees from the pole, matching the angle of Earth’s tilt.

While June 21 is the summer solstice in Britain, for Australia and countries in the southern hemisphere this date marks the winter solstice.

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