Summer is here
Summer is the warmest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.
Summer is traditionally associated with hot weather. In the Mediterranean regions, it is also associated with dry weather, while in other places (particularly in Eastern Asia because of the Monsoon) it is associated with rainy weather.
4 Summertime fun facts
- Solstice comes from two Latin words sol and sistere. Sol means sun; stitium is the verb which means to stand still.
- The first day of summer has been celebrated for centuries by people around the world.
- People in the Southern Hemisphere have their longest day of summer in December.
- France's Eiffel Tower can grow by more than 6 inches in summer due to the expansion of the iron on hot days.