My parents and I will be in: Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Berner Oberland, Germany and Paris in late June. We are wondering if anyone might know yet what the weather might be like this June in these places. I hope I am not too early. Thanks@
Just wondering, how will the weather be in late June in Washington? Predicting the weather a month ahead of time is a futile excersize in wishful thinking. Though most of us wish for sunny, mild temps while vacationing, the reality is that it could be raining the whole time, or horribly hot, or just cold and grey. Or it could be perfect weather. Bring an unbrella, and a jacket and have a look online at average temps for all of those places.
From one year to the next, you just don't know what you are going to end up with - a heatwave, drought like conditions or heavy rain and cold temps. I've been to some of the places you list in July or the 1st few weeks of August and one year I would be constantly wearing jeans, long sleeve shirts and a sweater or fleece jacket and the next year would be sundresses or capris because the temps are sweltering. Just pack things you can layer if the weather turns cool. And I know on a different thread you said you are packing a lot of shorts and wanted to know the policy on shorts and churches - but do bring at least 1 pair of jeans or long pants. You'll be glad to have them if you have a stretch of cooler than normal days, and you can wear them on days when you are visiting churches.
I agree with Ceidah,, bring at least one pair of long pants, but don't worry about churches,,since you are not going to Italy which is the only country that is strict about no knees showing in the churches.. I know France could care less , same with Holland and Germany . Bring two or three pairs of shorts and one or two long pants, you don't need to be an overpacker,,that can ruin a persons trip. In the mountains you will need a sweater , i usually take a fleece as I prefer them to sweaters,, just a summer weight one usually. And take a rain/wind jacket.
Thanks everyone for the tips!!!
A week ago, when I was mowing the lawn in a T shirt and shorts, I would not have predicted that I would need to wear a jacket this week. So at the risk of sounding too vague, lets just say you could experience anything from hot, sweltering weather (even in the Alps) to cool, damp conditions.
It was surprisingly cool in Germany last June. Many overcast days, temps in the low to mid 60s, rain. I was told it was somewhat unusual but here we are in May and there's more of the same. Then we popped over to Paris just in time for a horrible heat wave, temps in the low 90s with a LOT of humidity. My advice: Plan for just about anything, pack with layering in mind.
Totally unpredictable. April and May were warm and sunny last year but June and July were cool except for a couple of scorching days. It was 52 degrees the evening of July 14th during the fireworks where we were in Burgundy. I'd pack more pants and a sweater and light jacket for sure, especially for northern Europe. Meanwhile, Moscow was sweltering....
Brendon, in general the places you're visiting are similar in climate to our shared backyard (Western Washington). Think about the varied weather we might expect here at that time of year and apply same as you head over. Could be cool, wet, and dreary. Could be warm and pleasant. Does that narrow it down? grin
UPDATE- The temperature dropped below freezing last night, and there was even a fresh dusting of snow at the higher elevations (and not just in the Alps). Today, the forecast calls for highs in the mid 20s° C. So how's that for not being able to predict in advanced?
In the countries you are visiting you could have a hot day followed by a freezing rainy day. Been in Amsterdam and Brugge in August where the heat had to be turned on. Freezing cold. One April in Amsterdam it hit the 80's. Take a coat and a change of shoes. If your shoes get soaked it could take a few days to dry. Following the weather this year it seems to be a very wet one.
October 2010 in Belgium we totally packed wrong. It was so hot - we were in tank tops and skirts the entire time.
Hi, From the times I've been in Paris from mid-June to the end of the month, I would expect it to be warm to hot. Also, you could get a heat wave day similar to that last Monday in June of last year when it was a real broiler. I've been in Paris on hot days in the summer but that day was unique...my last day at Gare du Nord and l'Est before going to Perpignan on the following day.