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What is Summer Solstice And Why is it Happening During the Rainy Season?

13 hours of daylight.
by Pia Regalado
Jun 21, 2021
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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 almost 13 hours of daylight during the summer solstice. The sun rose at 5:28 a.m. and will set at 6:27 p.m., according to PAGASA.

"'Yung mga nasa northern hemisphere, mas mahaba po ang daylight. Ngayong araw po, 12 hours 59 minutes 27 seconds po 'yung duration po ng sunlight natin," PAGASA weather observer Julie Ann Delda told reportr. 

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.


It won't have any effect on temperatures, Delda said.

"Mapapansin n'yo po 'yun sa mga susunod na araw, papaikli na rin naman po ang daytime lalo na kapag paparating na po ang Christmas kahit hindi po tayo affected ng four seasons since nasa near equator po tayo."

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Summer solstice 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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