southern hemisphere

variants: or Southern Hemisphere

Definition of southern hemisphere

: the part of the earth that lies south of the equator

Examples of southern hemisphere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Australia’s flu season typically ranges from May to August, the southern hemisphere’s winter months. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 Turns out, Australia — being on the complete opposite side of the world, and in the southern hemisphere — has different seasons than, say, Utah. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Dec. 2021 In the southern hemisphere, a summer solstice simultaneously happens with the South Pole angled towards the sun and the Antarctic Circle experiencing midnight sun. Reece Rogers, Wired, 19 Dec. 2021 In the southern hemisphere, a summer solstice simultaneously happens with the South Pole angled toward the sun and the Antarctic Circle. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Dec. 2021 For example, the faint blue color in the planet’s southern hemisphere represents the remainder of winter. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021 These birds, which are mostly found in the southern hemisphere but have been occasionally spotted in the northeast, have a long and careful process for choosing mates., 27 Nov. 2021 Countries in the southern hemisphere largely saw a light flu season this year, but that may not guarantee that the U.S. and other countries in the northern hemisphere see the same pattern. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 Dust storms regularly occur in the Martian southern hemisphere, which reminded Battalio of eddies on Earth. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of southern hemisphere

1652, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2022

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“Southern hemisphere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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