Friday marks the official start of this year's sticky, sand-blown summer
19 June 2019| Last updated on 20 June 2019
With temperatures reaching as high as 48°C, this Friday will have us walking in sunshine.
This Friday marks the official start of summer. June solstice (Summer Solstice) will fall on June 21 7:54PM and will be the longest day of the year at three hours, nine minutes longer than on December solstice (Winter Solstice).
According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), humidity levels are set to rise between 70 – 90% and will be felt along waterside areas, especially in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi.
Residents may feel sticky and uncomfortable when outdoors, particularly during the early morning and late evenings.
What does summer solstice mean?
It occurs when one of the Earth’s poles is tilted furthest toward the sun. The Northern hemisphere will be experiencing the longest day of the year, whereas those in the Southern hemisphere will experience the least daylight hours and the longest night.
Neither the summer nor winter solstice falls on the same day every year. This is largely attributed to minor differences in the Gregorian calendar.