Summer is almost here, with longer days and sizzling temperatures just around the corner in Malta.
The evenings are lighter and the mood is generally brighter during summer, as we spend much more time outdoors, lapping up the sunshine at Malta’s best beaches and seaside restaurants.
When does summer start in Malta?
There are a couple of ways of calculating when the season starts, depending on whether you mean the astronomical summer and the meteorological summer.
The meteorological summer is defined as June, July and August, so always begins on June 1 and ends on August
This year the astronomical summer will start on Thursday, June 21, on a day which is known as the summer solstice.
Around this time we will enjoy the most daylight of the calendar year, as the sun reaches its most northern point in the sky at noon.
What is the Summer Solstice?
The summer solstice is generally understood to mark the first day of summer.
Technically, it’s when the northern hemisphere of the Earth is most inclined towards the sun, and that’s why we get the most daylight of the year.
During the winter solstice, the northern hemisphere is tilted furthest away from the sun, hence fewer hours of daylight and the shortest day.
When does summer end?
This year the summer season – which will hopefully have been filled with visits to the beach, lots of swimming, BBQs and sunbathing – will sadly come to an end on September 23.