July is named after Julius Caesar, the famous Roman emperor. He created the first solar (sun) calendar. Before that, people used a lunar (moon) calendar.
July is usually the hottest month of the year. Temperatures are above 20°C most days but they are sometimes over 30°C. One time, in 2019, it was even hotter, over 38°C. Another time, in 2022, it was over 40°C for the first time ever!
July is also humid so it can feel very uncomfortable. Most people don’t have air conditioning. However, most English people like sunny weather and enjoy spending time outside. People often have picnics or barbecues, and there are outdoor festivals and sporting events.
The school year ends in July. The exams are finished and lessons are more relaxed. A lot of schools have a sports day. There are races and games for the children, and parents are invited to watch. Sometimes there is a race for mums and dads! State schools close for the summer and then the children have six weeks’ summer holiday. Private schools and universities have even longer.
In July, there's a famous tennis tournament called Wimbledon. It's the oldest tennis competition in the world. Players wear white clothes and play on grass. Famous people and even the royal family watch. People often eat strawberries and cream at Wimbledon.
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