Information & Facts
Birmingham has hot summers and mild to chilly winters. The
annual mean temperature is 62°F (17°C), with a July maximum of 90°F
(32°C) and a January minimum of 34°F (1°C). May and June are the
sunniest months but Birmingham is located on the heart of a tornado
alley called Dixie Alley and can be host to strong thunderstorms
and tornadoes during the months of March to May.
Walking is enjoyable within certain areas, such as Five Points
South, though getting from district to district on foot can be
challenging. However, Birmingham boasts Alabama's largest transit
system, with Metro Area Express (MAX) providing fixed-route buses
and vintage trolleys. Bus service ends at 9pm. Some trolley routes
stop earlier, though others continue to run until midnight. There
are several taxi companies offering 24-hour service.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.