Eye on Europe: Heat Waves Impacting European Travel

Eye on Europe: Heat Waves Impacting European Travel

As we method the center of August and the height of the summer season journey season right here in Europe, Hot Euro Summer 2022 is exhibiting no indicators of subsiding.

As I write this, my dwelling of York, England is baking within the sunshine and 90-degree climate once more, with even hotter temperatures roasting London and huge components of parched southern England. Across the Channel, record-breaking wildfires are raging in quite a few international locations because the continent experiences yet one more spherical of ridiculously scorching & dry situations.

This summer season has seen steady heatwaves haras the continent, with each spherical setting data (England recorded its highest all-time temperature in July) and setting off a sequence of head-shaking information tales about droughts, heat-warped infrastructure or the current report about how Swiss Army helicopters have been assigned to airlift water to thirsty cows excessive within the Alps.

So why must you be involved about excessive warmth hitting you or your consumer’s subsequent summer season journey throughout the pond?

Besides the potential—albeit small—threat that the logistics of your journey may very well be affected by the warmth, to place it merely: scorching, sweaty and sunburned isn’t any approach to undergo Europe.


The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
PHOTO: The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (Photo by way of Europhotos / Dreamstime)

Remember that whatever the season, you are not coming all this approach to sit nonetheless indoors all day, so any Europe journey is inherently going to have an excellent quantity of city exploring included—and temperatures flirting with triple digits can critically sap your power and enthusiasm for getting from Point A to Point B.

This is to say nothing of the buzzkill a heatwave can put on visiting an out of doors attraction like The Colosseum or standing in line at a landmark the Eiffel Tower.

Sunscreen, hydration, air-con (not fairly as ubiquitous as again dwelling, however widespread in a lot of Southern Europe) and pre-booking tickets to points of interest can assist. Travel in “shoulder season” (April-May & September-October) is at all times a good suggestion, too, however I am unable to assist however marvel if, sooner or later, European locations with a cooler local weather will see a surge in bookings— particularly through the peak of summer season.

I additionally marvel if savvy journey advisors—significantly these based mostly within the Sun Belt—would possibly begin pitching shoppers on the potential of taking a “refreshing” cool climate summer season escape to locations like Scandinavia, the Baltics and the northern reaches of the British Isles the place the Heat-induced dramas described above are—for now—basically unparalleled.

If so, here’s a quartet of locations to contemplate.

Where to Visit in Europe for Cooler Temperatures

Bergen, Norway

Spend your summer season days discovering a favourite fjord or chasing tall waterfalls alongside the coast of this naturally-stunning nation. Bergen makes for a wonderful base for sampling Norway’s pure wonders, and the typical every day excessive temperatures in July and August common 65° & 66° respectively.


Highlights of Norway
Waterfront scene in Bergen, Norway. (Photo by Collette)

Denmark

One of essentially the most quintessentially European cities on the continent, the capital Copenhagen is a trendy, inexperienced, connoisseur and funky vacation spot all rolled into one. Feast at its world-renowned New Nordic eating places and sit on the dock of the outdated Nyhavn harbor with a drink in your hand all whereas experiencing common July and August every day excessive temperatures of 71°. Then, make for a dreamy Danish island like Aero or Bornholm the place windswept seashores and cute-as-a-button cottages could have you questioning why you by no means considered going to Denmark earlier than.

Scotland


Edinburgh, Scotland, City, UK, United Kingdom
City View of Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by way of Getty Images)

Even when the mercury rises in England and Wales, Scotland normally escapes the intense warmth, with 65° being the typical every day excessive in Edinburgh in each July and August. Soak within the view of the town’s dramatic skyline from Calton Hill and tour Edinburgh Castle earlier than making for the Scottish Highlands and Islands the place the views are extra improbable and the temperatures even more energizing. Don’t fear, should you get a bit of chilly, there’s at all times some whisky for a warm-up.

Tallinn, Estonia

Home to a fairytale Old Town filled with cobbled streets and a skyline filled with church spires, Tallinn is the Baltic area’s most romantic metropolis. It’s additionally a hub of hip cafes & outlets and glorious fashionable eating places, too. Oh, and the typical every day excessive temperatures in July and August are 72° & 69° respectively.

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