Pennsylvania – It’s the longest day of the year and the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere… the Summer Solstice.

So why do we have seasons? It’s all due to the Earth’s axis.

The Earth sits at a slight tilt instead of perfectly upright in alignment with the sun. As Earth orbits the sun, different parts of the planet receive more sunlight.

Of course, with summer temperatures come new challenges and things to keep in mind.
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 **  As more teenagers hit the roads now that they’re out of school, these can be the most dangerous driving days of the year. Click Here for advice on how to talk to your teenager about safe summer driving.
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 ** Also as teenagers might be going to more parties and graduation celebrations, they can be more at risk for sexual assault. Click Here to learn from PASSAGES about some of the riskiest behavior and how you can encourage your teens to watch out for each other.
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 ** The sun will be out longer, so make sure you’re protecting your skin! Click Here to learn how to prevent and treat sunburns, as well as the risk of skin cancer from too much sun this summer.

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