June 21st marks the day when the earth is turned the most toward the sun. This is known as Summer Solstice. It is the longest, sunniest day of the year.
Weather in Summer
Summer days in the United Kingdom are usually warm, trees have full green leaves and the amount of time it is light for during the day is longer. More thunderstorms occur during the summer than at any other time of the year as the summer often provides the perfect conditions of rising air and moisture required for the creation of thunderstorms.
The coldest temperature ever recorded in summer in the United Kingdom is -5.6 degrees, recorded on the 9thJune 1955 in Dalwhinnie.
The warmest ever summer in the United Kingdom was in 2006 when daytime temperatures averaged 15.8 degrees. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom was on 25th July 2019 when Cambridge Botanic Garden recorded a sweltering 38.7 degrees.
Wildlife in Summer
Summer in the United Kingdom is a wonderful time to experience lots of beautiful colours but also see an abundance of wildlife. A visit to a local river may give you the opportunity to spot a Kingfisher skimming fast over the waters surface.
Butterflies and bees can be seen flittering between the flowering plants. Some of the most beautiful wildflowers are orchids and there are over fifty different types to spot here in the United Kingdom. They can even be found in woodland areas so why not keep a look out for the Birds Nest Orchid.
During the night you might spot moths, bats and even glow worms.
Visit a nearby pond, river or lake and you maybe able to spot a patrolling dragon fly on the hunt. In the United Kingdom there are twenty-three different types of dragonflies for you to spot. These really are beautiful creatures.