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Saturday marks the summer solstice

Posted at 9:43 AM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 10:08:48-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The summer solstice occurs Saturday, June 20 at 5:43 p.m. EDT.

The direct rays of the sun, which were over the Equator on the first day of Spring, reach the northernmost point in the Northern Hemisphere, located over the Tropic of Cancer.

We have 14 hours, 46 minutes and 30 seconds of daylight Saturday. This is our maximum amount of daylight this year. Sunday's sunrise is a minute later.

Our sunrises will continue getting later over the coming weeks, and our sunsets will start getting earlier in July.

Daylight by the autumnal equinox drops to around 12 hours. By the winter solstice, our daylight drops to the lowest amount of the year, 9 hours and 34 minutes.


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