The sun is shining (most days) and the evenings are lighter for longer. All signs are pointing to the same thing: summer is getting closer.
However, there’s actually two different days when summer officially starts. Here’s when summer will begin this year – and what the summer solstice is.
When is the summer solstice in 2022?
The beginning of the astronomical summer is marked by the summer solstice. Also known as the June Solstice, this is also the longest day of the year and falls on June 21st in 2022.
The Sun moves along its longest journey of the year, spending more time in the sky than at any other time. Of course, this only applies to the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter and summer solstices, or the longest and shortest days of the year, happen at opposite times of year. That means the southern June Solstice is the shortest day of the year and marks the beginning of winter.
When does summer start in 2022?
Summer in the Northern Hemisphere will therefore also start on Tuesday June 21st in 2022. It will last for three months, ending on Friday September 23rd, 2022.
Some people track the seasons according to the calendar months, splitting the year into quarters. That means that spring starts on March 1st, summer on June 1st, Autumn on September 1st and winter on December 1st.
However, the official start of summer is usually agreed to begin with the astronomical start of the season, marked by the position of the Sun in the sky in relation to the Earth. Because of leap years, the dates of these seasons can shift from year to year.
When are the school summer holidays in Scotland?
With schools officially breaking up for the summer holiday on Friday July 1st, pupils will be able to enjoy roughly a month and a half off school until the 2022/23 academic year begins in August.
The Autumn term will begin in Edinburgh on Wednesday August 17th 2022 – meaning that pupils will be off for more than seven weeks before having to return for the next school year. You can find out when Edinburgh school holidays fall for the 2022/23 academic year on the Edinburgh City Council website here.