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.
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.
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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A sudden downpour is being blamed for six deaths in northern India on Thursday, while a monsoon low continues to bring a heightened flood risk to central areas into this weekend.
During the long summer days when children are permitted to stay up later and sleep in longer, their school-year sleeping patterns might be thrown out of whack.
There will be no rest for storm-weary residents of the midwestern United States as additional bouts of thunderstorms threaten to cause more damage through the end of the week.
Severe storms will spread a widespread swath of damaging winds and raise the risk of flooding across the midwestern United States into Thursday morning.
Over the past several decades, native ladybug species like the nine-spotted ladybug have become rare in the United States.
The risk of isolated flash flooding and wildfire ignition and spread will continue across parts of the western United States through this weekend.
The weather will once again create challenging conditions for players at the Open Championship in England.
Rounds of heavy, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms will ride the rim of heat and roll across portions of the northeastern United States into this weekend.