Portlanders Set To Experience 15 Hours Of Daylight On The First Day Of Summer

Recent cool and wet days have made Oregonians feel like spring is still going on, but that will all change on Wednesday, which is the summer solstice.

Wednesday, June 21, is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Summer officially starts at 7:57 a.m. Pacific Time. On the solstice, from 5:21 a.m. to 9:03 p.m., people in Portland will have a massive 15 hours and 41 minutes of sunshine.

The June solstice happens when the Sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer, the northernmost parallel spot on Earth where the sun is directly overhead at noon. After this point, the sun will start to get lower in the sky in the northern hemisphere, and days will begin to get shorter. In the southern hemisphere, the days are getting longer.

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The summer solstice is also the only day of the year when it is light for 24 hours straight everywhere inside the Arctic Circle. On Wednesday at noon in Portland, the sun will be about 68 degrees above the southern sky, where it will be at its highest point. Jim Todd, who is in charge of space science education at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, said that from the summer solstice in June until the fall equinox in September, there would be about 93.6 days of summer.

When the winter solstice happens in December, when the sun is at its lowest point, around 21 degrees, there are just under 9 hours of sunshine in the Portland area.

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