What's the summer solstice?

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV)- The Summer Solstice marks the official start of summer.

This year it occurs on Wednesday June 21st at 12:25 AM. This start of summer changes every year because the Summer Solstice is when the sun reaches the highest point of the year. This means the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer.

The first day of summer may not be the hottest day of the year or the day with the earliest sunrise but it is the day with the most daylight.

The Arctic Circle even has 24 hours of daylight on the first day of summer.

You may think that summer is when the sun is closest to the Earth but it is actually the opposite. At this time of year, the sun is the farthest from the Earth. It is closest during winter.