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.
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.”
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.
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.