When to Travel & An Overview of the Temperatures and Seasons
British Isles weather has a bad reputation. Along the way, someone may have suggested it’s mostly just rainy, foggy and chilly. Perhaps it was a marketing campaign to get us to invest in a nice Irish sweater? Well, it’s not ALWAYS raining, besides, without the rain how would Ireland & the U.K. get all of their lovely rainbows for the Leprechauns to stash their pots of gold under?
Whatever the case may be, the rumors about the weather in Ireland & the U.K. are a bit off. These destinations have neither extreme highs of temperature nor extreme lows. It is likely you’ll experience rain at some point during your vacation, however, your chances of seeing beautiful sights in pure sunlight is just as great. There are times you may even experience all of the seasons in one day from a chilly drizzly morning to a warm, sunny afternoon and then a breezy, delightful evening.
When is the weather the best in Ireland & Great Britain?
Temperatures will rarely go below 32°F and only occasionally above 68°F – with June, July and August being the warmest months, January and February the coldest. That said, extreme temperatures are not unknown. Though rare, they have had record high temperatures and even freezing spells.
When is the best time to travel to the British Isles?
When should you plan your trip then? It all depends on your interests. If you plan to travel from mid-November through February, outdoor activities are not for the faint of heart. Realistically, there is no bad time to travel to Ireland or the UK. It’s important to keep in mind that traveling outside of the tourist season will save you a substantial amount of money – on the flip side, some attractions and accommodations may not be available outside of tourist season. The tourist season runs from Easter through October Bank Holiday. Plan your trip to Ireland & the U.K. carefully outside the tourist season (even though the peace and quiet even at major attractions can be rewarding.) High season – when the tourist season is at its peak – is July and August. Roads, attractions and accommodations can be crowded. Due to the mild temperatures, this is the best time to take a swim in the ocean if you plan to hit the beach while on vacation. Read more about the seasons and when is the best time to travel to Ireland & the U.K..
What should I pack for a trip to Ireland & the U.K.?
The secret of coping with the weather in the British Isles lies in taking the correct clothing. You should prepare for moderately mild weather at all times and be able to supplement basic attire with a warm sweater, coat and/or rainproof top. A hat and rain jacket is a good idea as an umbrella may not always be the best when it gets windy and you’re strolling through crowds. Be mindful of sunny days and remember to wear sunscreen – just because the breeze cools you off doesn’t mean you won’t get sunburned! Most rural attractions and even some urban areas are best described as “rugged terrain” and the ground is bound to be wet occasionally, so pack sensible footwear. Dress around the British Isles and in the pubs is very casual. Read more in our suggested packing lists.
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Please note, September may fluctuate between Shoulder Season and High Season.