Summer is coming, folks (Picture: Getty Images)

The days have been getting longer, the weather has been getting better – there’s no doubt about it, summer is on the way.

The Spring (Vernal) Equinox occurred on March 20 this year, bringing with it the changing of the seasons, and ushering in the warmer months.

This was followed by the clocks going forward at the end of March, with brighter mornings to help you get out of bed, and beautiful sunsets to unwind to in the evening.

But just when can we look forward to the summer solstice – and the first day of the year’s hottest season?

When does summer 2022 start?

The date on which summer begins varies, depending on how you prefer to look at it.

From an astrological point of view, summer won’t start until the Summer Solstice – which marks the longest day of the year.

This year, 2022, Summer Solstice falls on Tuesday, June 22.

What’s the difference between an equinox and a solstice? (Picture: Getty)

From a meteorological perspective, the seasons are broken up into three-month blocks.

Summer starts at the beginning of June, continuing throughout July and August.

September marks the start of autumn, with December the beginning of winter and March the beginning of spring.

There’s a Winter Solstice, too, taking place on December 21 – while this year’s Autumn Equinox will occur on September 23.

What’s the difference between a solstice and an equinox?

The days and nights are of equal length during an equinox (Picture: Getty Images)

Spring and autumn each have an equinox, and that summer and winter each have a solstice.

But what’s the difference? Don’t they all just represent a day that marks the beginning of the season?

Well, a solstice occurs when the days and nights are different lengths.

For example, the Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year, which means the shortest night – and the Winter Solstice has the longest night, and shortest day.

Whereas the length of days and nights on equinoxes don’t vary – it’s all equal.

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