The first day of summer is this week.
The summer solstice marks the beginning of astronomical summer and is the time when the earth is farthest away from the sun. The position of our planet in its orbit determines the astronomical (ie, what we see on our calendars) seasons. Those dates change from year to year. The summer solstice is also the longest day of the calendar year.
Meteorological seasons are much easier to remember. For meteorologists, the seasons begin on the 1st of June, September, December and March. Meteorological summer always begins on June 1st and indicates the beginning of the three average warmest months of the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere – June, July and August.
Not only is Monday the first day of summer, there is a full moon in the morning. The last time there was a full moon on the first day of summer was in 1948 and the next time this happens will be 2062.
This post was written by Rachael Peart on June 20, 2016