Longest Day of the Year Approaches in UAE with Earliest Summer Solstice in Over 200 Years

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to witness an astronomical event this year, with the summer solstice occurring on June 20 at 8:51 pm UTC, marking the earliest solstice for the country in over 225 years.

This celestial phenomenon will usher in the longest day of the year, with daylight hours stretching to an impressive 13 hours and 48 minutes.

Dubai summer begins on June 20

According to Ibrahim Al Jarwan, Board Chairman of the Emirates Astronomical Society and member of the Arab Union for Space and Astronomy Sciences, the summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer, its northernmost point.

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UAE summer begins on June 20

Areas directly below the sun, such as the southern regions of the UAE, will experience no shadow at noon, while shadows at noontime across the Arabian Peninsula will be shorter, with the shortest shadow occurring in the entire Northern Hemisphere.

Al Jarwan further explained that temperatures during the day are expected to range between 41 and 43 degrees Celsius, with night temperatures ranging from 26 to 29 degrees Celsius.

Generally, dry conditions and active winds are anticipated during the first half of summer, which runs from June 21 to August 10.

However, the second half of summer, spanning from August 11 to the autumnal equinox on September 23, is characterized by an influx of high humidity, persistent high temperatures, and the activation of moist Kos winds.

These winds invigorate the formation of cumulonimbus clouds over mountainous regions and their surroundings, leading to thunderstorms.


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