The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. It is the day when there are the most hours of sunlight. The name comes from the Latin solstitium meaning ‘sun stands still’. It happens because the sun heading north, stops at the Tropic of Cancer before returning Southwards. This year it is taking place on Sunday June 21st at 11:39 am. The sun is expected to rise at 4:25 am. The summer solstice is a special day for many as it means the start of summer. Share this:EmailPrintRedditFacebookPocketTwitterLinkedInTumblrPinterestGoogleLike this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email.