Belgium Weather, climate and geography
Belgium experiences similar weather to the south of England and is best visited in spring and summer, when the days are warmer and the locals are enjoying drinks on the outdoor terraces, and in December when the Christmas markets line the cobblestones. Summer days are long with it often staying light until 2230 and temperatures reaching 25-30°C (77-86°F), intermingled with occasional drizzly days. Heat waves are becoming more frequent in mid-August, so be sure to drink enough water. Winter days are short, with darkness falling around 1700. Winds blowing from the North Pole can be biting, especially on the coast, and can push the temperature down to -5°C (23°F); snow is fairly common in January.
Rainfall is common throughout the year so bring a waterproof jacket with a hood, so you don’t have to bother with an unwieldy umbrella. Otherwise, pack light clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat for summer and lots of layers, a hat, scarf and gloves for the winter months. Sturdy walking shoes are best for tackling the cobblestones found in many of the city centres. If you plan to take part in any activities, or rent bikes, be sure to bring a helmet and any specialist sports clothing with you.