Currently in Boston — June 22nd, 2022

The weather, currently.

A chance of showers is limited into the weekend

After a pleasant night it will be a little muggier on Wednesday with a lot of cloudiness but temperatures will hold in the 70s. There might be a shower during the day or even into Thursday but any rain will be limited and the dry pattern overall will continue. Temperatures will reach the 70s again on Thursday with clouds and some sunshine after a morning shower. Friday looks dry and a little warmer. Heading into the weekend we could see some heat and humidity with temperatures in the 80s to near 90°F and generally dry conditions. Finally the summer solstice arrived this morning at 5:13 a.m., so happy summer!

—Dave Epstein

What you need to know, currently.

Everyone get ready to soak up the sun, as the first day of astronomical summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) has officially arrived. Although, meteorological summer began on June 1, and many of us have already been feeling the heat!

Today marks the summer solstice, making it the start of a new season as well as the longest day of the year. According to the National Weather Service, the solstice began at 5:13 a.m. on the East Coast and 2:13 a.m. on the West Coast.

A solstice occurs when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit when its at the most northerly point in the sky — above the Tropic of Cancer — at 23.5 degrees north latitude. It sits there for a bit before reversing and continuing its way southward towards the equator. Today, we have the most hours of daylight and the least amount of darkness out of any day in the year because the sun takes the longest path across the sky from sunrise to sunset.

The summer solstice corresponds with the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, which — conversely — marks the start of the winter season and the shortest day and longest night of the year.

Solstices happen every June and December and historically, were used as ways of timekeeping, as they occur at the same time around the world.

—Aarohi Sheth