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Today marks summer’s beginning in qathet and Northern Hemisphere

Longest day of the year and warm weather ahead
EARLY SOLSTICE: The summer solstice begins today, June 20, which is earlier than usual. Today will be the longest day of the year with the sun setting at 9:32 pm this evening. Many folks may want to take in the extra daylight this evening at Willingdon Beach (photo above). On Saturday, June 22, qathet residents will gather for a free, outdoor concert, at the Rotary Pavilion for PRISMA on the Beach, beginning at 6 pm.

The solstice, which means “sun stands still” in Latin, begins today, June 20, and will be the earliest summer solstice in 228 years. On the northern Sunshine Coast the sun will set at 9:32 pm and the sun will rise at 5:07 am the next morning.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), solstices and equinoxes are markers of the seasons, which are caused by Earth's axis being tilted 23.5 degrees with respect to its orbit around the sun. states that, on the summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the sun, receiving the full glare of the sun's rays which means the longest day of the year. 

Today Weatherhood forecasts temperatures as high as 24 degrees Celsius and Friday, June 21, will see a mix of sun and cloud, with a high of 25 degrees. Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, Weatherhood predicts the temperature to be between 16 and 21 degrees with clouds and rain showers throughout the day. Monday, June 24, the sun is back with a high of 18 degrees.

Friday, June 21, people across Canada will observe National Indigenous Peoples Day. Tla'amin Nation is hosting a celebration at tišosem to mark the occasion. Club Bon Accueil de Powell River is changing its name to Association Francophone de qathet (AFqa) in a gesture of reconciliation with Tla'amin.

The official announcement of the name change will take place on June 21 during the association's solstice festival. The free event is open to the community and will feature outdoor games, a beer garden, food and live bands, including the Tla'amin Spirit Singers. The event will take place at 5110 Manson Avenue between 5 and 10 pm.

PRISMA on the Beach, a free outdoor concert is happening Saturday, at Willingdon Beach, from 6  to 8 pm.

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