Europe, North America, and the Middle East experience long, hot summer days in July, when sunshine and dry heat provide excellent conditions whether you’re sightseeing, hiking, or relaxing on the beach. The Caribbean is hot and humid, but it’s not yet hurricane season, while many parts of Africa are at their driest and most accessible.
Dry conditions, thinner vegetation, and accessible roads make it easier to see Uganda’s wildlife in July. Track mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, look for chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, or take game drives and boat safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park to see birdlife, hippo, and rare tree-climbing lion.
Type of heat in Uganda in July: As Uganda has a warm, tropical climate, it can become humid and short thunderstorms are possible, though these are less likely in July. Maximum temperatures can reach 29°C (84°F).
Average temperature in Uganda in July: 27°C (81°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Uganda in July: 7 hours
Average flight time to Uganda: 12 hours (London to Entebbe)
With its bright sunshine, azure waters, and temperatures ideal for sunbathing, Croatia makes for an ideal beach destination in July. You can take private boat trips that allow you to hop between the many islands scattered along the lengthy coast in search of quieter beaches, where you can relax or snorkel.
Type of heat in Croatia in July: Croatia’s regarded as the sunniest place in the Mediterranean, so expect dry, hot days with very little rain followed by pleasantly warm evenings ideal for dining alfresco. Maximum temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F).
Average temperature in Croatia in July: 26°C (79°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Croatia in July: 11 hours
Average flight time to Croatia: 2 hours 30 upwards dependent on airline (London to Split)
The northern USA
July, while one of the busiest times to visit the USA, is also one of the most rewarding if you like to immerse yourself in nature. The northern states are particularly pleasant at this time of year, with warm temperatures making for excellent hiking in Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and New England’s White Mountains.
Type of heat in the USA in July: While the South is hot and humid during July, the USA’s northern states have a drier heat that creates excellent conditions for outdoor activities. The Southwest also has a dry heat, but temperatures can be scorching reaching a maximum of 31°C (104°F).
Average temperature in the northern USA in July: 28°C (82°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in the northern USA in July: 9 hours
Average flight time to northern USA: 7 hours 40 (London to New York)
If you don’t mind intense dry heat, Jordan is a rewarding place to visit in July. There’ll be fewer crowds at the country’s cultural sites than during cooler months — explore the Roman ruins of Amman, visit the preserved Graeco-Roman city of Jerash, and enjoy your first glimpse of The Treasury at Petra.
Type of heat in Jordan in July: It’s certainly very hot with temperatures reaching a maximum of 39°C (102°F), but the dry air makes the soaring temperatures more comfortable. Rain is very unlikely.
Average temperature in Jordan in July: 35°C (95°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Jordan in July: 13 hours
Average flight time to Jordan: 5¼ hours (London to Amman)
In July, glaciers, ice, and snow have fully melted to reveal Canada’s landscape of mountains, forests, jewel-like lakes, and alpine meadows in full glory. Take it all in on a road trip, pausing to hike lesser-known trails, or cross the country on a scenic train journey from Toronto to Vancouver aboard The Canadian.
Type of heat in Canada in July: Long, often sunny days and the country’s warmest temperatures make July one of the best times to explore Canada — we can help you find quieter corners during this popular month. Maximum temperatures can reach 27°C (81°F).
Average temperature in Canada in July: 23°C (73°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Canada in July: 9 hours
Average flight time to Canada: 7 hours 45 (London to Toronto)
Jamaica is the warmest of the Caribbean islands, and July’s one of its hottest months. It means you can bask in beach-worthy temperatures by day and sit outdoors late into the evening enjoying the island’s signature spice-heavy food and rum-laced drinks. Beyond the beaches, you could go bamboo rafting or tour Kingston.
Type of heat in Jamaica in July: Hot and humid, Jamaica experiences very warm temperatures day and night in July. Short, sharp downpours usually occur in the afternoon, but are generally followed by more sunshine.
Average temperature in Jamaica in July: 31°C (88°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Jamaica in July: 8 hours
Average flight time to Jamaica: 9 hours 45 minutes (London to Kingston)