Summer Begins Today!!!

However The Longest Day Is Not The Warmest

Robert Suhr
June 21, 2018 - 6:15 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Happy First Day Of Summer!

But that's not necessarily good news.

Why you ask? Well the answer is easy.

But first a little education, yes today is the first day of summer, or if you go by the book, the Summer Solstice

So what's that? The answer is pretty easy...

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The summer solstice is when the sun's rays are directly over the Tropic Of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere.

That means the sun will be at its highest point in the sky and you'll have the longest day of the year.

But that's where the good news ends.

Starting tomorrow, the Pittsburgh area will slowly begin losing daylight. Oh, not all at once...and not ...instantly, to be sure. But it is happening, for the first few weeks, only seconds will be lost, but those seconds will turn into minutes.

And before you know it, the flakes will be flying.

Now just because the day will be getting shorter, that doesn't mean the temperature will also fall. 

You see, there's a delay between length of day and warmest day, it typically happens around a month or so later.

Pittsburgh's warmest period of the year is typically in Mid July...

But eventually the loss of daytime heating will begin to affect the average temperature. 

This is also the time where winter bottoms out for everyone in the Southern Hemisphere and they begin the slow climb into summer.

Folks in Alaska and extreme latitudes begin 24 hours of daylight for the next 6 months, while the opposite happens at the South Pole.

So enjoy the next couple of months because those leaves will be changing before you know it!