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Thursday 20 June 2024

Summer Solstice 2024 ...the longest day

As many celebrate the summer solstice this article looks at, "Three summer solstice myths and the truth behind them.

What is the summer solstice?

The summer solstice is the 'longest' day of the year, giving us a chance to take advantage of added sunlight in what is set to be amongst the wettest summers on record.

It is widely celebrated across the globe, but as with any event of cultural significance, the solstice has accumulated many a myth and folktale over the years.

So we're here to set the record straight, and help you sort the truth from the myths this summer solstice.

When is the summer solstice 2024?

The summer solstice will take place on Thursday 20th June at 9.51pm (BST) in the UK.

While we will reap the benefits of added daylight across the whole of the day, this is the exact moment at which the northern hemisphere is most tilted towards the sun.

Is the summer solstice the hottest day of the year?

It's a myth!

While the summer solstice may mark the longest day of the year, it does not make it the hottest.

Generally, the light comes before the heat, meaning the hottest days of the year tend to come around three to four weeks after the summer solstice.

So fear not, while this may mark the return of shorter days, you might still have the added heat to look forward to.

Do some places get 24 hours of daylight during the summer solstice?

It's a fact!

Despite sounding a bit mad, this is actually true! Various areas in and around the Arctic Circle actually see 24 hours of daylight during periods of the summer, including sections of Alaska and Northern Norway.

The phenomena, known as the Midnight Sun, gives the appearance of an endless sunset during the night, before the sun begins to rise again as morning arrives.

Stonehenge UK

Was Stonehenge built to align with the sun on the solstice?

It's a fact…ish!

Britain's biggest celebration of the summer solstice takes place at Stonehenge, with crowds of up to 10,000 people gathering at the iconic monument to bask in the light, and for good reason too!

English Heritage, the charity responsible for managing Stonehenge, claim that the monument was built to align with the sun on the summer and winter solstices, with sun rays shining right into the heart of the stone circle.

Some people dispute this, however, believing the monument to have originally been built as a burial ground. Other theories about the origins of Stonehenge include that it was built by mythic wizard Merlin, or even by some form of alien lifeform!"
Words from article here
Read more about Stonehenge here

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Why not celebrate summer solstice with a lovely scoop (or two) of lemon ice cream, this recipe suggestion is sugar free and low in carbs. More details here

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All the best Jan


Kay said...

This is so cool! We were at Stonehenge last spring and it was such an awesome feeling. Our guide brought us there before the crowds arrived so it was truly an amazing experience.

Liam Ryan said...

On the subject of stonehenge, did you know it was attacked today by 'Just stop oil'?

Probably in line with the summer solstice.

roentare said...

I just saw on the news that climate activists sabotaging stone hedges this morning

J.P. Alexander said...

Muy interesante no sabía Stonehenge , Te mando un beso.

Katerinas Blog said...

The summer solstice,
the longest day of the summer!
We definitely have to do something to celebrate!
Thanks for the reminder!

Iris Flavia said...

Hottest day is a myth indeed. 10C here...
Oh. It makes me sad. The days are getting shorter again.

The ice-cream-recipe is great! Thank you! I have "Gennaro´s Limoni" book right here, lemons are great!

Margaret D said...

Nice read Jan.
Here it will the shortest day tomorrow June 21, then we are told 'as the days become longer the nights grow colder'. To a certain point of course.

jabblog said...

Lemon ice cream sounds delicious! I love anything with lemon in it.
Climate activists threw orange paint at Stonehenge - idiots! That sort of behaviour doesn't win them any support.

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eileeninmd said...

Our weather is very hot here, summer has arrived.
I am not looking forward to shorter days, it's too soon.
Take care, enjoy your day!

Tom said...

...time is flying by.

Mari said...

I'm kind of sad to see the solstice here, now the days will get shorter.
I like the Stonehenge pic!

Jenn Jilks said...

Our kids visited Stonehenge. It truly is awesome.

R's Rue said...

Love it.

Christine said...

Love the longest day of the year

Jules said...

Solstice blessings. Xx

Dee said...

Some lemon ice cream would be perfect. We are sweltering over here in the northeast.

Instead of ice cream ..... I had a nice tall cold brew coffee. It really hit the spot.

Bill said...

Times passes by too fast.

Jeanie said...

This is really interesting, Jan. I always love summer solstice day. And it may not necessarily be the hottest day of the year, but here in the Heat Dome it is plenty hot enough!

happyone said...

I've had lemon ice but never lemon ice cream. Sounds delicious.
I'll enjoy the early morning sunlight for a while yet! :)

Valerie-Jael said...

When I was living in England I always went with friends to the solstices at Stonehenge, just wonderful!

Divers and Sundry said...

Happy Summer Solstice! We have traditional ways we observe this day, though we've changed a bit through the years.

My name is Erika. said...

I saw on the news how some protesters sprayed some paint on Stonehenge. It's awful. And it might be the hottest day at my house. It's too hot today.

This N That said...

That lemon ice cream looks so refreshing. Yum. This year I wish that summer Solstice was the hottest day of the year because it's so darn hot and I know it's gonna be hotter's only June. Great picture of Stonehendge... Hope you're enjoying your day...

Ananka said...

Haha it certainly isn't the hottest up here! Pfft I saw in the news that people were arrested for vandalising Stonehendge the other day :-(

Mary Kirkland said...

Happy Summer Solstice.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Our June been pretty mild this year, so far. said...

I have visited Stonehenge many years ago when I was young but not when it was the summer solstice.

Conniecrafter said...

We had a very HOT and Humid day for our first day of summer, I sure hope it doesn't go too much hotter. I wish while we were in England we would have gone and seen Stonehenge.

Teresa said...

Feliz verano para ti. Un abrazo.

Back2OurSmallCorner said...

Interesting article with some facts and fiction concerning the Summer solstice and Stonehenge.
Lemon ice cream - delicious and very refreshing. Thank you for the recipe Jan.

baili said...

Many interesting facts about Solstice day
I liked knowing them all
Stonehenge sounds intriguing place wow
Big cròwd gathers there.
The scoop sounds Cool