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Summer solstice makes Wednesday the brightest day of the year in Richmond

21 June 2017

Summer Solstice actually takes places this Tuesday, June 20th; the longest day of the year brings 22 hours of daylight. Meteorological summer is June, July, and August, the three warmest months of the year.

How many hours of sunlight will we get on Wednesday?

In the days before computers and clocks - they did have sundials - those who spent time observing the sun knew that sunrise moved in a path along the horizon, then seemed to stand still for a couple of days before reversing its direction. According to TimeandDate.com, the next solstice on June 22 won't be until 2203. Sunday was practically brutal with temps in the high 90s in the daytime and high 80s lasting well into the evening in Menlo Park. This year, that occurs at 12:24 a.m. ET Wednesday. Consumers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 2:00 pm and after 9:00 pm, and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

Pagans, druids and other revellers will gather at Stonehenge in Wiltshire tomorrow to watch the sunrise of the morning of the summer solstice.

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The summer solstice festival dates back thousands of years and is one of the most important solar occurrences in the pagan calendar.

Go fishing - Or golfing or whatever it is that you enjoy doing most.

The solstice happens twice annually due to the Earth's axis of rotation, and known as the summer and winter solstice.

The Twin Cities peaks with 15 hours and 36 minutes of daylight on the day of the solstice. If you really want some extreme, around the Arctic Circle just north of Fairbanks, Alaska the sun never sets.

Summer solstice makes Wednesday the brightest day of the year in Richmond