When and What is the Summer Solstice?
Solstices are opposite on either side of the equator, so the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice
(North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, northern Africa)
Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice
(Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa)
First Day of Summer?
The first day of spring, summer, fall and winter can either be defined using astronomical events like solstices and equinoxes, or they can be determined based on meteorological factors, average temperatures.
In the USA and some other areas in the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice marks the first day of summer. However, the official date for the first day of summer varies depending on the country's climate.
In this Article
Equinox & Solstice
- Nearly Equal Night & Day
- March Equinox
- 10 Facts: March Equinox
- Vernal (Spring) Equinox
- Customs Around March Equinox
- September Equinox
- Autumnal (Fall) Equinox
- Customs: September Equinox
- June Solstice
- Customs Around June Solstice
- Summer Solstice
- December Solstice
- Winter Solstice