Published on June 20th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Here Comes Summer
Tomorrow marks the longest day of the year and the first day of Summer. With blistering temperatures over the past few days, thoughts of summer holidays are well and truly here.
The longest day of the year, or the Summer Solstice, is the day with the most hours of sunlight. We can expect around 16 hours 38 minutes of sunlight tomorrow. This compares with a measly 7 hours 49 minutes on the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice on 21st December.
Whilst meteorologists state the summer begins on 1st of June, astronomers and scientists use the date of the Summer Solstice to mark the first day of summer.
Midsummer celebrations will take place throughout the Northern Hemisphere on this day. In the UK, the place to be is Stonehenge. Over 25,000 people will visit the ancient site tomorrow to see the sun rise above the Heel Stone.
In other more northern countries such as Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland, the summer solstice marks 24 hours of daylight. In Sweden, it is a time to head to the countryside and celebrate with friends and family with a mixture of dancing, games, good food and plenty of schnapps.
In Estonia and Latvia, midsummer corresponds with St John’s Day. It is marked with activities such as jumping over bonfires and picking flowers.
Meanwhile in New York, hundreds of people convey to Solstice in Times Square for a day long yoga event. As midsummer is traditionally seen as a time of rebirth for the mind, body and spirit, participation in yoga appears to be an excellent way to spend the day.
Keep Your Cool in the Heat
Has the glorious weather of the past few days got you dreaming about summer holidays or just left you hot and bothered? Visit the Post Office Shop Summer Shop for a range of products to help you keep your cool in the heat.
To help you cool down, we have a wide selection of Fans to help make your home or office more bearable in the hot temperatures. Apparently, the ideal temperature to sleep in is 17 degrees and an electric fan will give some respite from the sticky heat.
Get Ready for Your Summer Holiday
The school summer holidays are just around the corner and hopefully the good weather will continue. Whether you are staying at home or going away now is the time to stock up on all those summer holiday essentials.
Right now, there is a great deal on Passport Covers, all half price and in a selection of styles and colours. These covers will not only protect your passport but, you will also be able to quickly locate it in your bag throughout your travels.
In addition, the Post Office Shop has a great range of Travel Accessories. All those “must-have” items such as travel adapters, luggage locks, first aid kits and neck pillows are available to buy with next working day delivery.