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Today Is the Longest Day of the Year and Here's What You Need to Know

13 hours of daylight.
Today Is the Longest Day of the Year and Here's What You Need to Know
13 hours of daylight.

The Philippines will experience the summer solstice on Monday, when the day time is longer than the night, PAGASA said.

This year, there will be 13 hours of daylight during the summer solstice. The sun rose at 5:28 a.m. and will set at 6:28 p.m., said senior weather forecaster Meno Mendoza.

Why is it called the summer soltice when in the Philippines, it's officially the wet season?  It's about perspective: Summer solstice marks the start of summer season in the Northern Hemisphere, and signals the unofficial start of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

This is the time when the sun reaches its maximum declination of +23.5 degrees north, appearing directly over the Tropic of Cancer, PAGASA said. According to National Geographic, that is as far north as anyone can go and still see the sun directly overhead.

This is why, in the Arctic Circle, which is in the extreme north of the planet, sunlight is on for 24 hours while the Antarctic circle receives no sunlight.


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