You might think that the United Kingdom is not the ideal place to go for some sun-seeking experience in the summer. And why not? The country has a low average annual temperature. But what if we tell you that some locations in the UK can go over 30°C (86°F) in the summer.
While the country’s reputation is all about rain, rain, and some more rain, the weather in the United Kingdom has been gradually increasing since the 1960s. In fact, the UK has many locations where you can plan your summer staycation. Here are some places you can add as hotspots to your bucket list.
The average temperature in Cambridge can go as low as 2°C (35.6°F) in the winter. But when it comes to the summer, it is one of the warmest places in the UK. In fact, Cambridge has recorded the highest temperature across the UK on 25th July 2019 when the mercury hit 38.7°C. The recording of the highest temperature was taken at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Before this, the highest recorded temperature was 38.5°C in August 2003.
The city enjoys the hottest temperature from June to September. During this time of the year, the average temperature is 21°C, 23°C, 23°C, and 20°C, respectively.
You can enjoy the greenery and natural scenery across Cambridge. The best way to soak up some sunshine is to go for a punting tour down the River Cam. Moreover, you can also enjoy the city’s rich culture by exploring the museums, galleries, and architecture.
The weather in the capital city of England and the UK is like a thrilling adventure. You never know how the weather will be. The city features cool winters, warm summers, and frequent rainfall around the year. The summers are so warm that the city holds the continuous maximum temperature for February, April, May, and June. The highest recorded temperature in London was 38.1°C (101°F) on 10th August 2003.
June, July, and August, with an average temperature of 20°C, 22°C, and 22°C, respectively, are the best months to enjoy warmth in London. You can explore the beautiful parks, museums, and galleries in London. And don’t forget the iconic Ferris wheel, London Eye. Some popular destinations to visit are:
- Warner Bros Studio
- National Gallery
- London Dungeon
- Madame Tussauds London
- Buckingham Palace
Wisely is another hottest place in the UK to add to your staycation bucket list if you want to stay scorching in the sun. The average temperature in this small village of Surrey is 21°C, 23°C, 23°C, and 20°C in June, July, August, and September, respectively. The hottest temperature here was recorded in July 2006 at 36.5°C.
To your surprise, the small Wisley village has a lot of tourist attractions within and nearby. The first among them is the RHS Garden Wisley. Royal Horticultural Society in Wisely runs the garden, which is the second most paid entry garden in the United Kingdom. You can also walk along the canal at Pyrford Lock and visit the Wisley Common gardens.
With the highest known annual sunshine, Bognor Regis holds the title of the sunniest town in Britain. July and August are the hottest months in Bognor Regis, both having an average of 21°C.
Moreover, the small town along the south coast of England also has many tourist attractions you can visit during your stay here. Some places to visit are:
- Hotham Park
- Bognor Regis Beach
- Bognor Regis Museum
- Aldwick Beach
- Marine Park Gardens
The Isles of Scilly
When we think of hot places in the UK, the Isles of Scilly is one of the names that usually strikes our mind. It’s because the area is the warmest throughout the year. The hottest months in the Isles of Scilly are July and August, with 19°C each. The average annual temperature here is 12°C (53°F), making it one of the hottest places in the UK.
The Isles of Scilly has a lot to offer in terms of tourism. You can enjoy the long island walks and archeological explorations around the beaches. If gardens are the thing for you, you can visit the Tresco Abbey Garden and explore its 20,000 different species of plants. The Bronze Age burial chambers and the deserted villages in the Isles of Scilly enable you to delve deep into the history and heritage of the Isles of Scilly.
It’s time to revisit your travel destination list if you have ignored the UK for your summer trip, thinking that the place is too cold. While the overall weather in the UK is cozy, you can indeed find several hot places to enjoy the warmth this summer. Revisit your destinations bucket list and start packing for your staycation in the UK.