Essay on Summer
Summer is a season is the hottest of the four seasons that occur during the year. During the summer solstice, the days are the longest throughout the year and the nights are correspondingly the shortest of the year. The exact period may vary from place to place due to differences in climate, tradition and culture. As an example, when it is summer in the northern hemisphere, the southern hemisphere experiences winter instead and vice versa. As such, the northern hemisphere experiences summer during the months of June, July and August. The southern hemisphere on the other hand experiences summer during the months of December, January and February. The meteorological definition of summer also supports the notion that summer is the season with the longest and warmest days of the entire year, and is known for dominant daylight. Summer, from the point it begins, has progressively longer days until summer solstice which has the longest. After that point, the amount of daylight begins to decline.
Summer is traditionally known for hot or warm weather. In certain places, like the Mediterranean regions, for example, these high temperatures are also accompanied by dry weather. In other places, however, like in Eastern Asia, that experiences the monsoon, rainy weather accompanies the summer heat. This wet season if the major period of plant growth in these areas which make up the savannah climate regime. If this wet season is accompanied by a seasonal shifting of the prevailing winds, it is referred to as a monsoon. In the northern Atlantic ocean, a tropical cyclone season which runs from June through November (with early September as its peak) marks the summer season. The Northwest Pacific records cyclones all year with numbers peaking in early September and a minimum in February and March. In the United States, the thunderstorm season extends from the spring into summer, same as in Canada. These storms at times produce hail, strong winds and tornadoes mostly during the afternoon and evening.
Some of the things you can do to protect yourself from the summer heat include:
- Stay hydrated. Water is vital to keep your body cool during hot weather and should be drunk even when you do not feel thirsty. It is also okay to drink Vitamin water or sports drinks, although this is not necessary unless you are replenishing lost vitamins or electrolytes due to strenuous activity. It helps to stay away from sugary drinks.
- Eat cooling foods. Yes, there are foods that help lower your body temperature. Salads, fruits and vegetables all tend to cool your body down as they contain mostly water. Complex protein-heavy meals increase your body’s metabolic heat production which can also result in loss of water. Also, eating smaller portions limit the stress required to break them down.
- As simple as it may sound, stay out of the sun when it is the hottest. During the summer period, limit your exposure to sunlight between the hours of 10am and 4 pm as much as you can, as this will prevent your excessive exposure to harmful sun rays.
- Choosing cotton. Lightweight cotton fabrics are breathable and help to promote ventilation and airflow in the room. Save the satin, silk or polyester for colder periods.
Many people tend to take advantage of the summer temperatures to spend more time outdoors. Going to the beach and having picnics are activities that take advantage of the season’s bright skies and warm temperatures. Many sports are associated with this season. Some of them include football, basketball, volleyball, skateboarding, cricket, golf, softball, tennis and many others. Water sports also gain popularity during this period due to the high temperatures. Water skiing, swimming, surfing, and many other activities of this kind are common to summer. The modern Olympics are also held during the summer months every 4 years, and they began in 1896. TV programs also adapt to the low television time that is common to summer periods as they usually limit the new episodes put out during those periods. With children’s television, however, the reverse is the case, as most children are out of school at the time and will most likely be glued to the TV.
The summer can be an amazing time of year for all members of the family. Young and old alike can enjoy many activities to keep them busy through this period. Some caution has to be taken to protect oneself from the high temperatures, but this season remains the most popular of the entire year.