After the recent arrival of a heatwave that brought hot-tempered temperatures, Liverpudlians have been teased with the arrival of the summer season as parts of the country experienced their hottest day of the year last week.
Liverpool is a city that boasts a long list of fun things to see and do, such as its many walks and trails, all of which would be that much more enjoyable under some summer sunshine.
Luckily for people throughout the United Kingdom, the summer season is upon us with the arrival of the summer solstice.
Places throughout the northern hemisphere will experience varying levels of daylight hours as the longest day of the calendar year has already arrived.
But how many daylight hours will there be in Liverpool for the summer solstice in 2022? What does it mean? Here is everything you need to know.
What is the Summer Solstice?
Traditionally, solstices mark the changing of the seasons, emerging whenever Earth’s axis of rotation is tilted around 23.4 degrees around the sun helping to bring more sunlight to either the south or northern hemisphere.
The summer variation of a solstice is when the planet is tilted the closest to the sun, which in-turn creates the year’s longest day as it reaches its highest point.
Not only that, but the northern hemisphere will also see its shortest night.
Solstices were important in prehistoric times - with sunlight being crucial for warmth and to allow crops to grow - and people used this time to observe the rising and setting positions of the sun.
It normally takes place at the same time every year and is traditionally celebrated in the UK in areas such as Stonhenge, which is located in Salisbury - 212 miles away from Liverpool.
When is the Summer Solstice in 2022?
As previously mentioned, the summer solstice is celebrated at more or less the same time annually and is the longest day of the year.
In 2022, the arrival of the summer seasons will fall on Tuesday, 21 June.
How many daylight hours will there be in Liverpool today?
The summer solstice synonymously brings increasing levels of sunshine to various parts of the word.
For example, countries like Iceland could experience as much as 21 hours of daylight on Tuesday, 21 June.
The average daylight hours expected in the UK during summer solstice this year is 16, but what about Liverpool? How much sunshine will the Merseyside city see?
This year, the people of Liverpool and the surrounding areas are expecting to see just-above average levels of daylight with around 17 hours of sun.
When will the sun rise and set in Liverpool during the summer solstice?
According to the Met Office, the sun rose on Tuesday morning at 4:44 am and is expected to set at 9:45 pm in the night.
Therefore, the exact amount of daylight hours forecasted in Liverpool is 17 hours and one minute.
What will the weather be like in Liverpool today?
Experts at the Met Office are expecting the Merseyside sunshine to sit above Liverpool throughout the day, as much like most of the country, warm temperatures and good weather is expected to continue.
With sunshine from the early morning until late at night (around 9 pm), highs of 19℃ are expected.
From 9 pm onwards, there will be no sun but temperatures will remain a consistent mild temperature of 16℃ heading into the early hours of Wednesday morning.