By ELLALYN V. RUIZ
The longest day of the year is here.
The Philippine, Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said the longest day and shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere is due today during the summer solstice, the time when the Sun attains its greatest declination of +23.5 degrees and passes directly overhead at noon for all observers.
PAGASA said daytime will last for 12 hours and 59 minutes today. The Sun will rise at 5:28 a.m. and will set at 6:27 p.m.
It also said the event marks the start of the apparent southward movement of the Sun in the ecliptic.
It is known to signal the start of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also expected that daytime will be longer than nighttime in the next three months.
Meanwhile, the State weather bureau warned of possible flooding in low-lying areas over parts of Luzon and Visayas due to moderate rains from the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” and extension of a low pressure area.
PAGASA estimated the location of the LPA at 100 kilometers east of Daet, Camarines Norte.
The trough or advancing clouds of the LPA will bring light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms over Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, Southern Leyte, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, and Masbate.