Climate and Average Weather in the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has a temperate oceanic climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round. The temperature varies with the seasons but seldom drops below -10 degrees Celsius (14.0° Fahrenheit) or rises above 35 degrees Celsius (95° Fahrenheit). The prevailing wind is from the south-west, bearing frequent spells of mild and wet weather from the Atlantic Ocean.
In general summers in the UK can be very pleasant. The average maximum daytime temperature in London lies around 23.5°C (74.3°F) in July.
There is a significant difference in the distribution of precipitation: the south-west and north-west of England are a lot wetter than the eastern part. The average amount of annual precipitation in Lowestoft (Suffolk) is 630 mm (24.80 inch) compared to 1297mm (51.06 inch) in Bala (Gwynedd). In the north-west, it is mainly the hills and mountains that receive large amounts of rainfall. The Lake District is the wettest area of England. Fog and clouds quickly complete the gray picture in this area, making this part of the country resemble the incorrect image that many people have about the weather in the UK.
Winters are fairly mild. In many places, maximum temperatures are well above freezing on many days and the number of nights with night frost is not very high. However, if there is cold polar air coming from the north, then the temperatures in England can drop significantly and there may be many nights with frost. It still doesn't snow that often since the temperature is often not cold enough. If it does snow, however, then locally reasonable amounts may fall, with possible traffic problems as a result.
England often experiences strong winds. Especially in the higher regions in the north the chance of storms is high. Another place where the wind regularly prevails is the south-west of England. In the worst storms, the wind can reach force 10 or 11 (heavy to hurricane-like), occasionally even a hurricane force (wind force 12) is measured.
Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information for the United Kingdom?
Please select the city below you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Yearly average minimum and maximum temperatures
2. Monthly averages of precipitation throughout the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Monthly average hours of sunshine throughout the year
Additionally, some pages provide historical weather data such as humidity, wind speed, and water temperature.