UK in August -- Help with Clothing Ideas

Jun 26th, 2013, 11:13 AM
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Have been to the UK at least 25 times - I know NOTHING like a native - but a very experienced tourist. In the summer the only place we have found cold was Scotland - 40s' windy and pouring rain in July - when it have been about 85 when we left London 5 days before. (Yes, have been there in winter when it was cold or chilly - but nothing like as cold as NYC in midwinter.)

And don't know why waterproofed shoes (NOT rubber shoes or boots, just good walking shoes with waterproofing applied)would make your feet sweat. Sandals are not a good idea unless you will have several other pairs of shoes (not good in any sort of rain or on the cobblestones and uneven pavements you find in many places).
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Jun 26th, 2013, 11:51 AM
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What to wear in Victorian times being proscribed, yes?>>

TD - I have only just put away my bustle.

Generally it would be the upper classes who had those rules, as the power orders didn't have enough money for too many sets of clothes, but yes, i think they probably did have rules about when to put the winter clothes away and get the summer ones out, and vice versa.
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Jun 26th, 2013, 03:08 PM
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nytraveler - sure it can be cold/wet in Scotland. But there are frequently weather patterns when it is warmer in Edinburgh than in London. You simply can't say Scotland is cold in summer. Might be, might not be. Last year in May there was a nation-wide heat wave and the hottest place in the whole UK was near Inverness - 10 degrees F warmer than London. The week before, it was sleeting w/ snow on the highest hills.
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Jun 26th, 2013, 05:54 PM
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I was not saying that Scotland is always cold - obviously it is not. But in summer one would not expect London to be cold (as in the 40s) - I suppose possible - but I have never seen anything like this.

And so think anything like winter clothing - including a fleece - is way overkill - unless you come from the tropics and start feeling cold when the temp is below 75.
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Jun 27th, 2013, 12:00 AM
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Even living in the UK and having the benefit of studying the weather forecasts (guesses) beforehand, it's easy to get caught out. Traveling by car, I throw in clothes to cover all eventualities; traveling by train and being restricted by what I can carry is much harder. I've had to shop in Cornwall for shorts and t shirts for an unexpected heatwave in May, and gloves and a scarf for a sudden cold snap in York in October.

So, with the best planning in the world, you might still get it wrong. Either adapt or go shopping. Primark is on every high street and sells ridiculously cheap clothing which you can always discard before coming home.
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Jun 27th, 2013, 12:13 AM
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basically London gets 2 inches of rain a month, temps 15 to 22C but with the jet stream positioned where it is means that the 15 is more likely than the 22 for a few years. Wimbledon fortnight has long been a period of heavy rainfall while August is now a period of dark cloud.

Brits either just get on with it or carry a range of clothes/umbrellas
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Jun 27th, 2013, 01:00 AM
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I have half my wardrobe in the back of my car, most of the time.

the forecast for next week is now temps in the mid 20s, but I'm not holding my breath.
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Jun 27th, 2013, 04:17 AM
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We had packed for winter when we were in London / Oxford in December. We were right - it was very cold - but we still managed and enjoyed supplementing our wardrobes along Oxford Street (H&M; Urban Outfitters;etc), and with some great finds at TK Maxx (the UK cousin of TJ Maxx)near the London Monument (and also in Charing Cross Rd I think)

My advice - if you're going for a short stay and really uncertain about weather - pack very light and shop for the conditions!
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