UK in August -- Help with Clothing Ideas

Jun 25th, 2013, 06:48 AM
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UK in August -- Help with Clothing Ideas

My pal and her husband will be gone for 10 days in August and trying to take just one suitcase each.

What are your suggestions for what to take/wear? How cold or hot to plan for that time of year. Thanks, TDu
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Jun 25th, 2013, 06:54 AM
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Well - with the UK it could be rainy, windy and cool, or lovely, sunny and hot. Impossible to tell now. Best thing to do is check the forecast a few days before they travel adn even that is likely to change daily.

I recommend lots of layers, maybe a pair of shorts/capris/skirts or two if the forecast looks good, a light sweater or spring jacket in case it is cool in the evenings and of course an umbrella.
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Jun 25th, 2013, 06:56 AM
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I have been in England in the summer where it was hotter than you-know-what (in the high 80's) and where it was in the 50's. Bring layers and hope you won't have to bundle up.
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Jun 25th, 2013, 07:17 AM
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Are they going grouse shooting in Scotland on the Glorious Twelfth? If so, I fear they will need anothe case each for their shooting clothes .
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Jun 25th, 2013, 07:49 AM
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Would help to know where - there can be a big difference between Kent and the Isle of Skye!
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Jun 25th, 2013, 08:44 AM
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Thanks for your input--I'll get the exact places.
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Jun 25th, 2013, 09:42 AM
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there hasn't been a whole lot of "hot" in my 2.5 years here

maybe in London on just the right day it could be "hot"

a still double-take seeing my kids in shorts -- just saying
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Jun 25th, 2013, 10:07 AM
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No matter the weather, one only needs one suitcase. Many of us manage w / just a carryon. There is no reason you'd need two suitcases each unless you were moving to the UK.

Plan layers - and Kate's comment re Skye vs Kent isn't necessarily true. It is often warmer I northern Scotland than in southern England . . . And vice versa.

The weather could be anything - and probably will be. LAYERS
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Jun 25th, 2013, 11:10 AM
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We have been here for several days now and it has been quite cool - in the fifties. Definitely recommend bringing layers and perhaps a fleece jacket, depending on where you are going.
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Jun 25th, 2013, 11:20 AM
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The UK is usually not hot in the summer - but I have been in London in July when the temp was in the 90s. High 60s and low 70's much more likely.

Rain - of some sort -is very likely.

Cold is VERY unlikely unless you re in northern scotland.

Agree on layers - with tissue weight rain jacket and light cotton sweater and a variety of long and short sleeve tops and light weight bottom. I think the chance of using shorts is small.

But you definitely need a sturdy folding umbrella and waterproof walking shoes.
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Jun 25th, 2013, 11:27 AM
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Cold is VERY unlikely unless you re in northern scotland.>>

nyt - have you ever been on a cornish beach in July?

it can be very character forming. or boiling hot. or somewhere in between.

bring layers. waterproof walking shoes may get sweaty.
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Jun 25th, 2013, 11:40 AM
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And all the same goes for Scotland . . .

Hottest day I have EVER spent in the UK was on the Old Course in St Andrews.

Folks who have only been to the UK a few times -or even MANY times may not realize that what the weather was one August (or April or November) is absolutely no indication of what it will be any other August. (Or April or November or any other time)

The only given is the hours of daylight/sunrise/sunset .
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Jun 25th, 2013, 01:30 PM
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Would help to know where - there can be a big difference between Kent and the Isle of Skye!

There could be a big difference between Kent and the Isle of Dogs!
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Jun 25th, 2013, 01:50 PM
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The ONLY sensible strategy for anyone wanting clothes to fit in one case that will provide comfort for a week in Britain is to know where the nearest Primark is.

Speculating about how hot, cold or wet it might be is simply pointless.

Either pack to cover all eventualities, accept you'll be wrongly dressed at some point or buy as you go along. For which you need Primark.
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Jun 26th, 2013, 07:46 AM
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A older custom in the U.S. is only to wear white after Memorial Day and before Labor Day (May-August). Is that followed in UK?
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Jun 26th, 2013, 08:00 AM
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TDudette - absolutely not, anything goes so just wear what they feel comfortable in!
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Jun 26th, 2013, 08:04 AM
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Thanks, jamikins! I'll let my pals know.
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Jun 26th, 2013, 09:07 AM
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A older custom in the U.S. is only to wear white after Memorial Day and before Labor Day (May-August). Is that followed in UK?>>

as we have neither a Memorial Day nor a Labour Day it's inherently unlikely that we would. however, we do have a nice little saying "ne're cast a clout til May is out"

whether that means the may blossom, or the end of the month of May I'll leave to you to work out.
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Jun 26th, 2013, 09:18 AM
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TD, they need to bring layers for cold, cool, warm (not hot) weather. That means a decent rain jacket with hood; a layer such as a fleece jacket and waterproof footwear if they plan to do any walking beyond the hotel to the taxi.

It is entirely possible to get 2 weeks of sunshine. How probable that is however is another question. It is entirely possible to get 2 weeks of rain.
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Jun 26th, 2013, 09:51 AM
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Thanks all. annhig, I figured we inherited the custom from you guys before those holidays were introduced. What to wear in Victorian times being proscribed, yes?
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