Summer, the warmest of the four seasons, is celebrated between the months of June till September in the northern hemisphere and between December and March in the southern hemisphere. The following are a couple of fun facts about summer that might be new to you.
The first day of summer is known as the summer solstice and this occurs on either 21st or 22nd June. The sun reaches its highest point in the sky at noon marking the longest day of the year, but not the hottest. This is due to the seasonal temperature lag which means that it takes the oceans a while to release their stored heat into the air.
The names of the summer months come from ancient Rome. June is named after the wife of Jupiter, Juno. Marc Anthony named July after Julius Caesar and August is named after Caesar’s nephew, Augustus.
Mosquitos are the most annoying part of summer. They have been around for 30 million years and can find warm-blooded mammals from quite a distance away.
School summer vacations were introduced in the US, thanks to education reformist, Horace Mann. Until the early 19th century school vacations used to coincide with the planting and harvest seasons.
The Eiffel Tower in France can grow by over fifteen centimetres in summer due to the expansion of its iron frame in the hot weather.