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Sunset in the Sierra photo courtesy Christian Mueller Photography

Welcoming Summer On Solstice, Longest Day Of The Year

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE — Here we go! This is your cue to start celebrating.

Summer officially kicks off at precisely at 8:53 a.m. PDT on Friday, June 21, with solstice, marking the point during the year when the sun takes its most northerly path across the sky. Sunrise on Friday will be at 5:41 a.m. and sunset at 8:07 p.m.

Summer solstice is the longest day of the year, with the shortest night and, at noon, your shadow will also be the shortest of the year because the sun is highest in the sky. In the Southern Hemisphere, this day marks the start of winter.

While clocks and calendars differ across the globe, the solstice happens at the same moment for all of us. Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied across cultures, and many celebrate the solstice for its promise of light.

Christian Mueller Photography

Looking for something to do this weekend? There’s music at Bass Lake, music in Mariposa, music in Oakhurst and a host of other options. Check the Sierra News Online calendar of events for more information.

Wondering about temperatures? Absolutely beautiful weekend ahead! See your local weather here:


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National Weather Service forecast for Yosemite Valley

All you need to know: June solstice 2019

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