Summer is officially here! Longest day of the year is Thursday

Posted at 10:20 AM, Jun 21, 2018

Summer has officially arrived! The summer Solstice occurred at 6:06:39 this morning. At that very moment, the sun is as far north as it will travel all year.  

In June, the Summer Solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere. It is summer in the United States and other northern countries like, Canada, Russia, India and China.  

Meanwhile, it is winter time and the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere for counties like, Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa. 

Today is also the longest day of the year for us in the Northern Hemisphere with 15 hours 16 minutes 57 seconds of daylight in Detroit. That’s over 6 hours more daylight than we see during the Winter Solstice in December.

However, if you’re not a big fan of the early sunrise, it won’t be long before quickly lose hours of daylight. In July, we lose roughly 45 minutes of daylight and in August over 15 more minutes are lost.

It’s a significant change by September. We are down over two hours of daylight from today!

Here are a few sunrise and sunset times across Metro Detroit for today:

Detroit:        Sunrise 5:56    Sunset 9:13
Ann Arbor:  Sunrise 5:59    Sunset 9:15
Jackson:     Sunrise 6:01    Sunset 9:18
Flint:           Sunrise 5:56    Sunset 9:18