Here in New Zealand's we are celebrating the Winter Solstice today, with the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The Sun is at its most Northerly point in the sky. At the middle of the day, it reached its lowest altitude from the Northern horizon, for the year. This is what we see in the night sky tonight.
We may be half way through the year, but that doesn’t mean that the winter is half over. July and August are generally the coldest months of the year. However, the days will now slowly start to get longer, and then it will be “countdown till Summer”.