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Wales Travel Guide

Wales — Weather

Although it has a reputation for being gray, rainy, and generally miserable, the Welsh climate is often pleasant especially along the coast. During the summer, temperatures reach high 80s°F, while in the winter they can plummet to around 15°F. Naturally, the further north you travel, the colder and wetter it gets, while the warmest climates are found in the southeast and southwest of the country. For a couple of months each year, both Mount Snowdon and the Brecon Beacons experience snow. Regardless of when you plan to visit Wales, it is always useful to pack waterproof jackets and to prepare for the heavens to open up at any minute.

Best Time to Visit Wales

Deciding when to visit Wales depends on the type of vacation you have in mind. Although the British weather is at best unpredictable, the winter tends to be wet and cold, while the summer is hot and dry, especially in July and August. Most visitors head here during the summer months to take advantage of the temperate weather, which provides many opportunities to pursue outdoor activities and surf or sunbathe on the beautiful beaches.

The best times to head to Wales are the spring and fall months when the surrounding countryside is in a permanent state of change and sports a myriad of colors, while smells and brooding skies transform the landscape. The high season falls between the months of April and September, so make sure to book activities and accommodation well in advance if traveling during this period as hotels and tours will be bustling with holiday makers. Despite the crowds, the high season can still be a fantastic time to experience the country, with many of the local celebrations, music events and food festivals falling during this period.

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