Summer Solstice: Longest Day of the Year

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – It may have felt like summer for a few weeks now, but today marks the official start of the season.

The summer solstice — the moment when the sun shines directly on the Tropic of Cancer — began Saturday at 6:51 a.m.

Saturday is the longest day of the year for those in the Northern Hemisphere. The D.C.-Baltimore region will enjoy nearly 15 hours of daylight.

“Solstice” is derived from the Latin words “sol,” meaning sun, and “sistere,” meaning to cause to stand still. The sun today will appear to stay at the same height in the sky.

The heat wave that baked the mid-Atlantic region set record-high temperatures in the Washington area this past week. Tuesday’s high of 97 degrees bested a previous high of 95 degrees set in 1991.

However, rain and cloudy skies will keep highs in the upper-70s today.

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