The summer is right around the corner, and after a long winter and a lot of rain, we are looking forward to the sun shining over the next few months! Before you pack and set off on your travels to our North Wales caravan parks why not check out these top trivia facts about summertime and see how many, if any, you knew?
Summer Starts When?
Summer will officially begin on June 21st, known as the summer solstice. As midsummer, it is the longest day of the year – so be sure to make the most of it!
In 1976, the UK enjoyed the sunniest summer since records began. The UK had a whopping 669 hours of bright sunshine, and the months of June, July and August 1976 were the sunniest and warmest in the 20th century. However, the country suffered a severe drought, with minimal rainfall.
Wet, Wet, Wet
The wettest summer on record was over 100 years ago, during the summer of 1912, when there was a soaking session of 384.4mm of rainfall. We have not experienced such a wet summer since!
It’s Like a Desert!
1995 gave UK residents the driest summer recorded, at which point there was just 103mm of rainfall over the whole summer season! The drought affected Britain and Ireland and lasted from July to late August. Nearby Anglesey saw just 11.1mm of rainfall that summer.
Warmest on Average…
The warmest summer the UK has experienced on the record books, to date, was in 2006, offering average daytime temperatures of 15.8°C throughout July. Before that, the warmest summer on average was 1983.
Turn the Heating On!
In contrast, the coldest summer the UK experienced took place back in 1922, when average daytime temperatures for the three months of June, July and August combined were just 12.3°C. Definitely didn’t need to pack away the jumpers that year!
Some readers of this blog post might remember the summer of 1975, when on June 2nd snow showers played havoc with a host of sporting events on the day across the country, particularly in the Midlands. A shocking sight to see so late in the year!
Our summertime provides more thunderstorms than in any other time. The most likely place for them to occur during this time? The South East of England. It was George II who said Britain’s summer was three fine days and a thunderstorm, and all over Britain, we can expect a few days of sunshine, rain and back to sunshine throughout the summer.
Cool by the Coast
During the months of summer, the land warms up at a quicker rate than the sea does, so that is why you may find coastal areas like North Wales being cooler and more comfortable, and why many people head to the beach on sunny days, as you can expect a cool breeze off the sea to cool you down. The opposite effect takes place in winter – hence why not many people have a beach holiday in January!
When staying at our holiday parks this summer, be sure to check the forecast before packing, as even a prediction of clear blue skies could change, and you don’t want to be caught out in the rain! However, there are plenty of rainy-day activities and attractions in North Wales to amuse you – contact us for more information, or take a look at our blog!
Updated June 2018.