There are 13 total weeks of summer. This is calculated by taking 1 year and dividing it by four, representing the four different seasons. Each season is 13 weeks (about 3 months) long. Depending on where you live, however, summer could feel a lot longer or much shorter than in other places of the world.
Continue reading on to learn more about how summer affects school, how it is different in other parts of the world, and the expectations of summer break.
What is Summer?
Summer is the warmest season throughout the year. It occurs in the Northern hemisphere from June until August. In the southern hemisphere, however, summer happens from December to February. This is due to the Earth’s axial tilt.
During summer, the earth faces the sun more than in other months. This is the reason that summer is hotter than any other season of the year. That does not mean, however, that summer is hot in all places on the earth.
For example, the American state of Alaska experiences summers from June until August along with the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. However, summer temperatures in Alaska are on average 70 degrees. In the lower American states, however, summer can become extremely hot with temperatures ranging from 80 to 110 degrees.
When is Summer Break?
For most students, both young and old, schools and universities set aside time each year for a summer break. This is intended to give students a break from their studies, to get outside, and to enjoy rest and relaxation before returning to their studies.
For lower school-aged students, summer break within the United States starts around the end of May and the beginning of June. Students return to school from summer break around the middle of August. In some states, especially those in agricultural communities, children have much longer summer breaks. This is to ensure that students can help with their farming community’s needs if they need to.
European Summer Break vs American Summer Break
Summer break for students can look very different depending on where you live in the world. In most places like Canada and Great Britain, they have a very similar summer break schedule to their American counterparts.
Students in India, however, may be sad to learn that most students receive around 8 weeks of summer break because they only get 10 vacation days during the summer season. Japanese school students do not start their academic year until April, and they get around 6 weeks of summer vacation during the school year.