Rain falls in Bath, England on July 30, 2013. During my seven day trip to England, there weather was great except for a few hours on the morning of July 30 when this photograph was taken. (Kevin Ambrose)
Rain falls in Bath, England on the morning of July 30, 2013. During my seven-day trip to England, the weather was absolutely wonderful except for a few hours of light rain on the morning of July 30.  My good-weather photos can be viewed below.  (Kevin Ambrose)

On the first day of meteorological summer, the UK’s The Telegraph posted the headline, “If it’s good weather you want, don’t bother with Europe.”  The article noted that the UK had just experienced its coldest spring in 50 years, that the Netherlands finished its coldest May Day since 1901, and that in southern France the Porte Puymorens ski resort in the Pyrenees re-opened in June for the first time in history.  The calendar showed June but summer was missing across much of Europe.

At that time, there was even a discussion that Europe might experience a year without a summer. The last time there was a year without a summer was in 1816 after the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora.

The UK Met Office explained: “The colder than average conditions have been caused by different weather patterns at certain times, but generally this season has seen frequent easterly and northerly winds which have brought cold air to the UK from polar and northern European regions.”

Fine weather at Leeds Castle which is touted as "The loveliest castle in the world."
Fine weather at Leeds Castle, August 2, 2013.  Leeds Castle is touted as “The loveliest castle in the world.” (Kevin Ambrose)

But Europe’s weather pattern did change in June and the warmth of summer arrived with a vengeance, ushered in by continental air from the south and east which produced heat waves, thunderstorms, and periods of dry, mild weather that have continued into early August.

Summer weather in England even made headlines following the birth of the royal baby, George, when there was a dramatic lightning display in the skies over London.

Hampton Court Palace on the north bank of the River Thames. (Kevin Ambrose)
Cumulus clouds drift over Hampton Court Palace on the north bank of the River Thames, August 3, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)

I recently took a seven-day tour through England and I experienced some beautiful summer weather.  Every afternoon featured blue skies and sun.  There was a brief heat wave that occurred on August 1 but it was not too bad compared to what we often experience (though not so much this summer) in Washington, D.C.  The temperature hit 92 degrees in London but quickly dropped back to the 70s the next day.  When the temperature hit 92 the humidity level was fairly comfortable by our U.S. East Coast standards.

I have included a few photos from the trip to show you the fine summer weather in England.  I chose photos of notable landmarks to make things a little more interesting.

I’ll conclude by noting that Europe’s cold and wet spring of 2013 was not followed by the anticipated cold and wet summer and this summer has featured some great weather for touring the countryside.  England is a wonderful place to visit, especially if you’re fortunate enough to have beautiful, summer weather.

For more information about the climate of Europe, check out this link.

Clear skies over the roman baths at Bath, England. (Kevin Ambrose)
On the afternoon of July 30, there were clear skies over the roman baths at Bath, England.  This photo was taken the same day as the lead photo.  (Kevin Ambrose)
Big Ben and Parliament are illuminated as dusk settles over London, August 2, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)
Big Ben and Parliament are illuminated as dusk falls over London, August 2, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)
This photo of the British Museum was taken during a one-day heat wave in London. The temperature reached 92 degrees but the humidity level was comfortable.
This photo of the British Museum was taken during a one-day heat wave in London, August 1, 2013. The temperature reached 92 degrees but the humidity level was comfortable.  (Kevin Ambr0se)
The first light of sunrise shines on Buckingham Palace, August 2, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)
The first light of sunrise shines on Buckingham Palace, August 2, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)
A sunrise view of London from St. James's Park, August 2, 2013. The London Eye is visible on the right side of the photo. (Kevin Ambrose)
A sunrise view of London from St. James’s Park, August 2, 2013. The London Eye is visible on the right side of the photo.  The sky cleared soon after sunrise.  (Kevin Ambrose)
Beautiful summer weather at Winsor Castle during a visit last year, August 17, 2012. (Kevin Ambrose)
Beautiful summer weather at Winsor Castle during a visit last year, August 17, 2012.  Good summer weather in Europe is not uncommon, but it’s not guaranteed.  (Kevin Ambrose)
Sunlight on the White Cliffs of Dover, August 2, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)
Sunlight on the White Cliffs of Dover, August 2, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)