Summer Solstice - More time to save

The summer solstice is almost upon us

Today marks what is historically referred to as the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere – Summer Solstice.

Of course today is, just like yesterday and tomorrow, 24 hours long, but with around 17 hours of daylight it certainly feels longer than the much shorter days experienced during winter months.

Here comes the science bit…

Summer Solstice occurs when the tilt of Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun (23° 26') meaning we get the most daylight of the year.

Spare a thought for those in the Southern Hemisphere though where today marks their Winter Solstice, although with expected temperatures of 18c in Perth, Australia they will probably still have better weather than back in the UK!

The word solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).

Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied among cultures, but most recognise the event in some way with holidays,festivals, and rituals around that time with themes of religion or fertility. The most famous of which takes place at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.

Why not make the most of your extra daylight hours by using today to start planning for a brighter future.

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