You made it! Summer is officially here, and so are the high temperatures

CINCINNATI -- You made it. Winter is long gone. Spring is now in the history books. Summer is here.

Astronomical Summer began Saturday at 6:51 am. That's the point in time when the sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator -- the Tropic of Cancer.

You see, it's all about the Earth's tilt. The Earth is tilted on its axis at 23.5 degrees. On the first day of summer, the northern hemisphere is facing the sun and gaining the most energy from it. It's also the first day of winter in the southern hemisphere. This half of our planet is facing away from the sun.

This is also our longest day of the year. In Cincinnati, daylight Sunday lasted a whopping 14 hours and 56 minutes -- sunrise at 6:12 a.m. and sunset at 9:08 p.m.

It's also certainly starting to feel like summer.

Temperatures Sunday reached 86 degrees, and will continue to soar on Monday to 90 degrees.

With summer also comes a greater chance for severe thunderstorms.

Here are some helpful links to help prepare for severe weather in the coming months:

Sign up for severe weather email and mobile alerts

LIVE interactive radar

WCPO traffic updates

Latest power outages from Duke Energy

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