03 Jul Fun facts about July!
Monthly FUN FACTS continued.. lets find out more about JULY!
- The month of July is named after Julius Caesar by a decision of the Roman Senate in 44BC as July was the month of his birth.
- Before that, it had been known as Quintilis (fifth) as it was the fifth month in the old calendar.
- Until the 18th century, the word July in English had the stress on the first syllable and rhymed with duly or truly.
- Although six months have passed, July 1 is not the mid-point of the year. The exact halfway point comes at 1pm BST on July 3 in a non-leap year.
- No month ends on the same day of the week as July unless it is a leap year, when January does so.
- July’s birthstone is the ruby, which is said to symbolise contentment.
- The zodiac signs for July are Cancer (June 21 - July 22) and Leo (July 23 - August 22)
- The birth flower for July is the water lily.
- The average temperature in Harare in July is mild at 13.4 °C
- July is the DRY season in Zimbabwe and a fantastic time for game viewing as animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes.
Travel Facts for Zimbabwe's Dry Season
April to October - Dry Season - Winter
- Vegetation is less and animals concentrate around waterholes and rivers, making wildlife easier to spot.
- Virtually no rain, clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. There are fewer mosquitoes.
- Although it is high season, the parks won't be crowded, except for Victoria Falls.
- Victoria Falls is most spectacular from June through September, when the water is mid-to-low and the spray doesn't block the view to the falls.
- October can get very hot in the low-lying areas, with temperatures well above 32°C/90°F.
- It gets cold at night in and in the mornings. It's recommended to pack warm winter clothing for morning game drives in open vehicles during the months of June, July and August.
- From March to May the flow of the Zambezi river is at its peak, but the massive clouds of spray will block the view to Victoria Falls.