The First Day of Summer 6-20

It's the First Day of Summer

Earlier this year it seemed Mother Nature had her calendar a bit off.

Summer has rolled in right on schedule at 7:09 pm Wednesday night. It's also known as the longest day with 14 hours and 51 minutes of sunlight.

The first day of summer is when the sun the highest, known as the Summer Solstice.

Something you might not know is that the sun is actually further away from the earth in the summer, and it's actually closest during the winter.

Why is that, when it's warmer during the summer? Well it all has to do with the angle of the sun. A higher angle means more concentrated heat in the Northern Hemisphere.

The mountains can help out in our favor though keeping the temperatures down slightly for some. More importantly the Blue Ridge Mountains can help block a lot of the humidity that comes off the Atlantic, as it did today.

Remember we saw heat advisories east of the Blue Ridge, but not in our area.

This is not the first time we are seeing 90 degrees this year though. We did see a very hot weekend the week before Memorial Day where temperatures reached 90 degrees.

We haven't seen temperatures higher than 90 degrees though since the beginning of August last year. This kind of heat can be extremely difficult on the body, especially for people who have to work outside in the hot sun.

The Secretary of Labor spoke Wednesday about getting the word out that when temperatures get this hot, it's important to remember three words. Water, rest, and shade. If you see someone that has become overheated, move them to shade immediately and call 911.

There is also now an app for your smart phone that can help you calculate the heat index, or the "feels like" temperature. It's free for apple and android.

Just search OSHA Heat, and the app comes in both English and Spanish.    Enter in the temperature and the humidity and it can calculate the heat index and the danger level.

What's also great is that it can also tell you what time of the day to expect the worst conditions.

What's interesting is that areas seeing these hot temperatures today and tomorrow, well next week these same areas will see well below average temperatures.

So whether your ready for it or not, summer is here. Stay hydrated, and don't forget the sunscreen.

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