How to survive the hottest day of the year in Glasgow

Summer’s here. For a day at least

Glasgow is set for a scorcher, with temperatures expected to peak at 28 degrees this afternoon.

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To help you enjoy the rare blast of Mediterranean-style climate – and cool down if needed – here’s our survival guide for the hottest day of the year in Glasgow.

Take your lunch outdoors

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Forget sitting at your desk this lunchtime and take a break for an hour or so – why not grab a sandwich on the way from the likes of No Way Back (38 Nithsdale Road), Piece (1056 Argyle Street) or Bite Me (338 Paisley Road West) and find somewhere in the sun (or shade) to enjoy it?

We also recommend trying one of the many al fresco dining spots such as Bar Soba (11 Mitchell Lane), Firebird (1321 Argyle Street) and Hanoi Bike Shop (8 Ruthven Lane)

Find somewhere cool to take it easy

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There are plenty of options for putting your feet up outdoors, from one of the many parks – AlexandraQueens Park, Bellahouston, Glasgow Green, the Botanic Gardens and the massive Pollok Park – and we’re partial to the idea of feeding the ducks in Kelvingrove Park.

A simple stroll along the Clyde is enough for some, perhaps stopping off to marvel at the fact we’re actually getting some good weather for a change.

Treat yourself to an ice cream

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If you’ve ever needed an excuse to give the diet a swerve then it’s today. Head to Crolla’s Geletaria on Byre’s Road for an amazing selection of ices (including a pizza cone made of dough and filled with cheese, tomato and topped with herbs), or Nardini’s is just along the road. Big Licks on Argyle Street is another favourite. Go on, you know it makes sense.

Become a tourist in your own city

Ever wanted to see Glasgow the way the tourists do? See the city from a new perspective for an hour and 20 minutes, while learning more about the city by listening to the live commentary. Perfect for the sunny weather.

Settle down for the evening in a beer garden


Where do we start with Glasgow beer gardens? Ashton Lane seems like a sensible place, with the likes of Brel offering you a colourful backdrop against which you can while away the hours with their selection of craft and Belgian beers. Drygate and Oran Mor should also be on your list to try out.

There’s also WEST along at Glasgow Green, and you’d be forgiven for deciding to plump for a pint of St Mungo’s and a bratwurst for your dinner this evening. And if you’re in the centre of town, old favourite Sloans is an obvious choice, if you can find yourself a table.


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