SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The official beginning to the summer season occurs each year on the summer solstice. This year, the summer solstice occurs in South Mississippi on Monday, June 20 at 5:34pm.
The summer solstice also marks the longest day of the year. In South Mississippi, June 20th will bring 14 hours and seven minutes of delightful daylight.
During this time of year, we see our earliest sunrise and our latest sunset. 2016's earliest sunrise occurred on June 10, the latest sunset is set to occur on June 29.
These long days will last for much of the summer season. But, don't take them for granted: the summer solstice also marks the beginning of the shortening of days.
Each day past the solstice brings fewer and fewer daylight hours. By the end of August, we'll lose more than one hour of daylight. By the end of October, we'll be just over eleven hours of daylight.