Because of the way the Earth rotates during the summer months, the Earth is closer to the sun, resulting in longer daylight hours. Northern cities have longer daylight hours than those at lower latitudes.Continue Reading
Cities around the world at lower latitudes may have less daylight hours, but the sun's heat and brightness is more intense. This causes higher temperatures and a greater risk of sunburn to those outdoors during the daylight hours.
During the summer, the continental U.S. averages between 14 and 16 hours of daylight every day. Northern cities around the world such as Tokyo or London often have 16 hours of daylight. As the Earth continues its rotation, after the summer solstice, the days become shorter in the Northern Hemisphere and longer in the Southern Hemisphere.Learn more about Months & Seasons
According to NASA Spaceplace, the Earth has its seasons, formally understood as weather and climate patterns, of winter, spring, summer and fall because the planet’s axis is tilted at an angle from the plane of orbit around the sun. As the Earth orbits the sun, the tilted axis always points in the same direction, so different parts of Earth get the sun's direct rays and certain areas do not.Full Answer >
Days.to offers an online counter that displays the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds until summer. Summer 2016 officially begins on Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 6:34 p.m EST. The website also features a festive background slide show with images of summer weather and recreational activities.Full Answer >
In the town of Tromsø, north Norway, the sun shines 24/7 at high summer and not at all in mid-winter, while in Stavanger in the south, it is daylight for about 545 hours in June and around 194 hours in December. Daylight hours in Norway vary greatly according to the season and location.Full Answer >
Duration of daylight hours varies both by geographic location and season; for example, Key Largo, Florida, one of the southernmost cities in the U.S., can get up to 13 hours and 40 minutes of daylight in June and 10 hours and 37 minutes in December, while Barrow, Alaska, one of the northernmost cities in the U.S., experiences extremes of absolutely no daylight during winter months and 24 hours of sunlight in summer. The amount of sunlight a city receives depends more on latitude than longitude, with locales in the Arctic Circle, including Tromso, Norway and Murmansk, Russia experiencing seasonal extremes of daylight availability, while those along the Equator, including Quito, Ecuador and Nairobi, Kenya, have predictably even daylight hours year-round.Full Answer >