Present summer solstice and the longest day of the year / Day

June 21 is the longest day of the year. As the solstice will be close to noon, the difference in night length on June 20-21 and June 21-22 will be minimal.

At the summer solstice, the sun reaches its greatest distance north of the celestial equator, and an astronomical summer begins in the northern hemisphere.

The meteorological summer, which is a period with the average daily air temperature on average higher than +15 degrees, started in most of Latvia on June 6, which is earlier than usual, but four days later than a year ago.

The length of the solstice day in Riga will be 17 hours and 52 minutes, in the rest of Latvia – from 17 hours and 33 minutes in the south of Augšdaugava region to 18 hours and 12 minutes in the north of Valmiera region.

The duration of the shortest night in Riga will be six hours and eight minutes, elsewhere in the country – from five hours and 48 minutes in the northernmost point of the country, in Valmiera region near the Estonian border, to six hours and 28 minutes in the southernmost point of the country, in Augšdaugava region near the Lithuanian-Belarusian border .

On June 21, the sun will rise in Riga at 4.29 and sunset at 22.21. The earliest – at 10.10 – the sun will rise in the extreme north-east of Latvia, Pededze parish of Alūksne region, and the latest – at 4.48 – the sun will rise in the south-west of Latvia, on the coast of South Kurzeme region.

The earliest sunset is expected in the south-east of the country, where the sun will set on the border with Belarus at 21.58, but the latest sunset will be in the north-west, where the sun will set at 22.36 by the sea in Ventspils region.

After the solstice, the nights will get longer and the days shorter. On June 22, the length of the day will be four seconds shorter, on Sunday the sun will shine five minutes less, but after a month the length of the day will be reduced by an hour.

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