Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Heat wave and Summer Solstice coincide in Menlo Park

Heat wave and Summer Solstice coincide in Menlo Park

Wednesday will be the longest day of the year with 14 hours and 50 minutes between sunrise and sunset for Louisville. "Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: "[This is] when the sun is the farthest from the equator.

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It doesn't always mean every location will see the earliest sunrise or latest sunset on that day.

The maximum amount of sunlight received by the Northern Hemisphere during this time is usually on June 20, 21 or 22. Sunday was practically brutal with temps in the high 90s in the daytime and high 80s lasting well into the evening in Menlo Park. While the summer solstice technically happens on Wednesday at 12:24 a.m. ET, it's Tuesday that's getting that blissful extra bit of sunlight.

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For pagans, the summer solstice is a celebration of fire, and centuries ago, was also a time to celebrate the ripeness and fullness of growing crops.

On the longest day of the year, Anchorage gets 22 hours of daylight.

As Earth orbits the Sun, its axis of rotation is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees from its orbital plane. But the further north you go, the more daylight you receive. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Northern Wisconsin will experience 15.5 to 16 hours of daylight.

Right now, the sun is visible all day long north of the Arctic Circle, while Antarctica is trapped in one long night.

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