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Public holidays
England and Wales
2.01- Bank Holiday in lieu of 1 January, New Year's Day
April - Good Friday
April - Easter Monday
1.05 - Early May Bank Holiday
29.05 - Spring Bank Holiday
28.08 - Summer Bank Holiday
25.12 - Christmas Day
26.12 - Boxing Day
Northern Ireland
2.01 - Bank Holiday in lieu of 1 January, New Year's Day
17.03 - St Patrick's Day
April- Good Friday
April - Easter Monday
1.05- Early May Bank Holiday
29.05 - Spring Bank Holiday
12.07 - Battle of the Boyne (Orangeman's Day)
28.08 - Summer Bank Holiday
25.12 - Christmas Day
26.12 - Boxing Day
Scotland
3.01- Bank Holiday in lieu of 1 January, New Year's Day
April - Good Friday
1.05 - Early May Bank Holiday
29.05 - Spring Bank Holiday
7.08 - Summer Bank Holiday
25.12 - Christmas Day
26.12 - Boxing Day


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Security

For security advices and instructions you can ask the embassy of your destination country.
However, it is important to take care on your personal belongings the whole time, especially in crowded places.

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Weather
The current climate of the United Kingdom is classified as temperate, with warm summers, cool winters and plentiful precipitation throughout the year. The principle factors of influence on the climate include the UK's northerly latitude (which ranges from 50° to 60° N), its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and, especially, the warming of the waters around the British Isles by the Gulf Stream. The weather can be notoriously changeable from one day to the next but temperature variations throughout the year are small.
The climate of the United Kingdom is significantly influenced by the maritime tropical, maritime polar, continental polar and continental tropical air masses.
The UK is at the boundary of convergence between the warm tropical air to the south and the cold polar air to the north. In this area, the large temperature variation creates instability and this major factor that influences the notoriously changeable and often unsettled weather the UK experiences, where many or all types of weather can be experienced in a single day. Winter in the UK is generally a cool, wet and windy season. Temperatures at night rarely drop below -10 °C and in the day rarely rise above 15 °C. Precipitation is plentiful throughout the season with occasional snow. Spring is generally a rather calm, cold and dry season, principally since the Atlantic has lost much of its heat throughout the autumn and winter. Summer climatic differences are more influenced by latitude and temperatures are highest in southern and central areas and lowest in the north. Generally, however, summer temperatures rarely go much above 30 °C; the record max is 38.5 °C. Autumn in the UK is notorious for being extremely unsettled. As cool polar air moves southwards following the sun in the sky, it meets the warm air of the tropics and produces an area of great disturbance along which the United Kingdom lies. This combined with the warm ocean, which due to heating throughout the spring and summer, produces the unsettled weather of autumn. In addition, when the air is particularly cold it may actually be colder than the ocean and this can result in significant amounts of condensation, producing clouds which eventually condense and bring rain to the UK.

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