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UAE will have the longest day of 13 hours, 48 minutes on June 20

Mon 10 Jun 2024    
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Sharjah: This year, the UAE will experience an earlier summer solstice, happening on June 20th at 20:51 UTC. This marks the earliest occurrence of the solstice since 1796 for most countries worldwide. During this celestial event, the UAE will have its longest day of the year, with daylight lasting 13 hours and 48 minutes. Similar variations in solstice timing can be expected in future leap years.

Ibrahim Al Jarwan, Chairman of the Emirates Astronomical Society, explained that during the summer solstice, the sun is directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer, its northernmost point. In areas directly beneath the sun, like the southern regions of the UAE, there will be no shadow at noon. Across the Arabian Peninsula, shadows at noon will be shorter, with the shortest shadow occurring in the entire Northern Hemisphere.

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Al Jarwan also mentioned that daytime temperatures are expected to range between 41 and 43 degrees Celsius, with nighttime temperatures between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius. Dry conditions and active winds are anticipated during the first half of summer, from June 21 to August 10.

The latter part of summer, from August 11 to the autumnal equinox on September 23, will see an increase in humidity, persistent high temperatures, and the activation of moist Kos winds. These winds will enhance the formation of cumulonimbus clouds over mountainous areas and surroundings, leading to thunderstorms.

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