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Autumn solstice: Greek summer officially ends at 4:54 a.m. Sunday

The Greek summer officially ends at 4:54 a.m. on Sunday, September 23rd 2018. Blame the fall  solstice or autumn equinox in the North Hemisphere.

The September equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from north to south. The opposite happen in March with the Spring Equinox.

The fall equinox marks the first day of fall (autumn) in what we call astronomical seasons.

There’s also another, more common definition of when the seasons start, namely meteorological definitions, which are based on average temperatures rather that astronomical events.

The days will keep getting short and the nights longer until the Winter Solstice on December 22nd when the days will start get longer and the nights shorter.

This year’s fall solstice almost coincides with the full moon, the so-called Harvest Moon,  on September 25.

Should we freak out because of the astronomic coincidence?

Experts say we should remain cool and let things go.

“If you’re hoping that the shift into fall will be made of quiet decline, you need to rearrange your perspective, because the autumn equinox and the harvest moon will descend on our world just two days apart, making this change everything but motionless.

If you were hoping for silent meditation, this transition will interrupt your thoughts with cosmic fireworks.

If you were hoping for relaxing ease, you’ll be getting emotional intensity instead.

Although summer was all about external stimulation and endless opportunity, autumn is about retreating inward. Change is coming, and its power is surging within you.”

As whatever will be will be, I have good news for you. The official Greek summer may end on Sunday, this this is just the astronomical summer.

We will keep enjoying averagely pleasant temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius until next Tuesday at least.

Then a bad weather front will strike Greece, with rain and temperature decrease, … but no worries!  It is still early autumn, not even Sept 30 and winter never broke in in October.

Weather ‘things’ will remain pleasant for quite some weeks although bad surprises are not excluded.

We had an exited Greek summer with thousands of lightnings and thunderstorms and rains and temporary floods anyway.

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  1. I’ve been sailing in Greece for a good many years and we often get what sailors call ‘equinoctial storms’ – storms that occur around equinox. I see from the forecasts that there is one next week as a low pressure area builds in the Dodecanese and eastern Crete. We’re looking at very strong winds and some heavy rain in the southern Aegean on Thursday and into Friday. A classic ‘equinoctial storm’…

  2. There is no autumn ‘solstice’. We have summer solstice/winter solstice, spring equinox/autumn equinox.