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    Summer Officially Begins Today

    By By Meghan Evans, meteorologist
    June 23, 2012, 1:23:46 AM EDT

    While summer has been under way since Memorial Day according to many, the summer solstice occurs on Wednesday.

    The summer solstice will occur for the Northern Hemisphere at 7:09 p.m. ET on June 20, 2012, occurring as the sun reaches its farther point north of the equator, the Tropic of Cancer.


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    During the summer, the sun's rays strike the Earth at a more direct angle in temperate regions, leading to more warmth.

    Other Ways to Define Summer
    Meteorological summer began on June 1, 2012, and will last through August, spanning the hottest months of the year.


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    Solar summer began on May 6, 2012. Solar summer is defined as the quarter of the year with the most sunlight.

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