While it seemed we were already well into summer, astronomically, it officially began June 20, at 7:08 p.m. when the sun’s most direct rays shone down on the Northern Hemisphere.
Also known as the summer solstice, it marked the longest day of the year.
So far this June, temperatures have averaged 3 degrees below normal, having reached 90 degrees only once prior to June 20.
However, as summer became official, the summer heat accompanied the change in season.
Heat, and lots of it, greeted the first weekend of summer with temps in the low 90s and by this coming weekend, we may be dealing with mid to upper 90s.
Remember to avoid being outside in the hottest part of the day. Stay well hydrated, make sure your pets are able to stay cool and check on neighbors, especially the elderly, who may be vulnerable to the effects of high temperatures.