Weather in England


According to one of the famous British statements, in contrast to other countries which have climate, England has the weather solely: "if you don't not like it, just wait a few minutes". These words completely reflect the uncertainty and inconstancy of weather conditions in the area, which are caused by softness of the North Atlantic Current (Gulf Stream extension) that carries warm waters to the west coast of Europe. At these latitudes, Prevailing Westerlies provide warm air in winter and moderately cool air in summer. Hence, the weather is very unpredictable in England and, therefore, it is very rare occasion, when it absolutely corresponds to meteorological forecasts.

England is located in the area of humid oceanic climate, where the temperature does not drop far below zero even in the dead of winter, and never exceed the mark of 25°C in summer. During the most of the year the temperature in the UK varies between 10° and 20°C. Winter starts in December and lasts usually till March, but the number of true winter days is very small, especially cold ones: the average temperature is -1 - +5°C. As in any other country with moderate climate, spring inEngland is also in a period of March-May. +5-+10°C is normal temperature for this season, which can shift up to +19°C.

Although, it is quite unreliable to enjoy warm weather without any umbrella or hideaway: do not forget about changeability of weather on British Isles, which might become cool and rainy in a moment! The temperature rises up to 20°C in summer months from June to August; however, it does not mean it cannot go out of limits. Pouring summer rains, and sometimes even showers, are common and not a surprise for Englishmen. As in spring, autumn can be presented with very warm days, as well as by very cold ones. The temperature in autumn varies between 7 and 14°C on the islands. Of course, if you take the autumn weather in general, it is much better in the month of September, than in November.

Waterproof coat or cape, as well as an umbrella, are the most popular things in England to take, when going outside: the rainfalls are often and probable. Annual precipitation is 600-750 mm. Most of them occur in the period from September to January in the form of rainfalls and frequent fogs. North-east of the area is the most cold region, while the area of London, the south-east and Westland are the warmest parts of the country.

The weather is one of the key issues to pay attention to, when planning a trip to England. Due to the warm weather conditions in July and August, these are the most visited month of the year (although, the big number of other tourists can make someone to abandon the idea of travelling). In addition, the period of April – September is the best for visiting England from the point of weather conditions, as far as during November-March months it is pretty cold.

As one could see, weather and climate in England is a thing to consider for both locals and foreigners. Therefore, there is no surprise it is an object of multiple jokes, complaints and ordinary conversations in this country.