im going to be in both in july.. but not further south than rome. is there a cutoff city for weather bearability?
is there much difference between countries like belgium and italy during july or is all hot.. and how *hot* is it (outside of heatwaves)
Lord yes! Italy - especially in the south - can go up beyond 35 C in "normal" weather. Almost unbearable to walk around in. Belgium is much, much farther north, and so more moderate.
I was in South of Spain (Andalucia(Seville, Cordoba etc)) last August and weather was beautiful. Seville was a little hot but I enjoyed it. It was a change from what we have here in Manchester. 40 C compared to 20 C Cordoba was similar. Swimming? Absolutely!! Yeah Belgium is totally different!
There is also differences in temperature between cities in Spain.
Lisbon should be nice too. I Was there lastSpring at the temp was nice and hot, about 30 C. We went to Sintra, BEAUTIFUL! and it was even hotter there!
So enjoy whereever you go!
The north of europe is very unpredictable in the summer. For example i was in Crete a few years ago (south europe) and it was 35 degrees. Very hot. Yet when I looked in the paper it was 40 degrees in the UK which is in the north!! I went abroad to get some sun and it was hotter at home.