Summer officially starts this year on June 20th

22News Storm Team explains the official change of seasons

This undated photo provided by the Kiawah Island Golf Resort shows sunrise as seen from Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Beachwalker is No. 10 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Kiawah Island Golf Resort via AP)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The summer solstice is almost here. What does a solstice mean? Well, basically it’s the first day of summer.

When you have an equinox that’s the beginning of autumn or spring. The beginning of summer or winter is called a solstice.

In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice means the sun’s rays are the most direct they will be for the rest of the year. The earth’s axis causes this.

A 23.5 degree tilt points the northern hemisphere toward the sun in the spring and summer, and the southern hemisphere away from the sun in our summer, so it is their winter.

Summer officially begins Monday, June 20th and 6:34pm. On that day, the sun is highest in the sky, it’s the longest day of the year. Problem is, after the first day of summer, the length of daylight starts getting shorter and the length of the night starts getting longer.

So enjoy these long summer days while you can, even as they start getting shorter.

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