In temperate zones, long summer days offer people a great opportunity for outdoor gatherings while closer to the Equator the heat can be almost unbearable. Across many parts of temperate Europe, the summer solstice is marked by bonfires and celebrations such as those at Stonehenge.

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About Summer

Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.

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