Not only does a shift in our weather pattern today signal a change in the season, but astronomically speaking summer begins today. Officially summer starts at 9:24pm this evening.
Fun facts about the summer solstice:
- Solstice is derived from Latin. Sol (the sun), sistere (to stand still)
- The Solstice occurs when, at noon, the sun is directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer at 23.5 degrees N.
- It's the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
- On the summer solstice the Northern Hemisphere gets more daylight, and more sunshine, than any other day of the year.
- The Arctic circle gets 24 hours of day.
- Antarctica experiences 24 hours of darkness.
- Today Victoria will have 16 hours and 6 seconds of daylight.
Just as summer starts, so does the sunny warm weather we’ve been craving. After a brief windy spell today, a ridge of high pressure builds delivering warmer than average conditions. Expect afternoon temperatures to be well into the mid to high 20’s through the weekend.