Today marks the official first day of summer, and the longest day of the year. Canterbury has seen heavy rain and lovely sunshine over the last 24 hours, and hopefully the weather will settle down!
The summer solstice, this year taking place on 20th June, refers to the sun reaching it’s highest point in the sky at noon (as opposed to the winter solstice, when it is at its lowest). The word solstice itself comes from the Latin words for sun sol and to stand still, being sistere. Thus at the solstice the sun appears to stand still, before going in the opposite direction.