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What the longest day of the year means and when midsummer falls in 2022

The longest day of the year is known as the summer solstice, which this year falls on Tuesday 21 June in the northern hemisphere.

Many people consider it to be the first day of summer, although for others, paradoxically, it is known as midsummer.

However, it also holds great significance far beyond that, as anybody who has seen druids revelling at Stonehenge on the morning of the solstice can attest to – here’s everything you need to know.

What is the summer solstice?

The summer solstice marks the date of the longest period of daylight and the shortest night of the year, when the Earth’s north pole has its maximum tilt towards the sun.

Slightly confusingly, as well as kicking off the astronomical season, the solstice can also be known as midsummer – because the days begin to get shorter after it has passed.

Conversely, the winter solstice (or midwinter), which tends to fall around the 21 December, marks the shortest day of the year and…

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