Thursday is first day of summer, longest day of year

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Wednesday marks the last full day of spring.

Thursday at exactly 6:07 a.m. marks the summer solstice, otherwise known as the beginning of summer. This is the time at which the sun is at it’s highest point in the sky above the northern hemisphere– also marking the longest day of the year.

This is due to the earth spinning on an axis in relation to the orbit around the sun. In the summer, the northern hemisphere is tilted toward the sun, while the southern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun.

After the first day of summer, the days start to get shorter until the shortest day of the year on December 21. 

On Thursday, the day is a little more than 15 hours and 15 minutes long, and for the next few weeks we only lose seconds of daylight per day. In a few weeks from now, we’ll start losing more than a minute of daylight per day. On our shortest day of the year we only get 9 hours and 6 minutes of sunlight. 
 

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