If you missed it, the first summer day took place on the weekend! It is known as the summer solstice. That is the day when the Northern Hemisphere receives the most daylight in one day.
Do not worry; we’re not going to make it feel like the longest day of the year by explaining in detail how it’s the longest day of the year, but we want to share the Cliff Notes version.
The summer solstice occurs when Earth’s north pole has its maximum slope toward the sun. That means there are more hours of sunlight on a given day the further north you go. In fact, there is no sunset north of the Arctic Circle during the summer solstice.
Tampa gets the most daylight during the summer solstice with 13 hours, 54 minutes, and 54 seconds of daylight. The sunrise is at 6:34 AM and the sunset is at 8:29 PM.
After the solstice, Tampa begins to lose daylight. Despite the loss of daylight, our last sunrise does not take place until around June 30, with a sunset at 8:30 PM.
How does Tampa see a later sunset after the solstice when there is less daylight?
We lose our daylight in the front with a later sunrise. During the summer solstice, the sunrise occurs at 6:34 AM and on June 30, the sun rises at 6:37 AM.
We don’t lose more than a few minutes of daylight from the summer solstice to the end of the month.
If you’re a fan of late sunsets, check out some of these other cities. Fairbanks sees a sunset after midnight! The further north you are, the later the sunset.