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Weather in the United Kingdom – British climate:

The United Kingdom is a diverse and inviting country in many ways, and it is an established holiday destination for various reasons; however, one main factor in particular is the variable climate. The southern regions are generally warmer, while the northern areas can be cooler and wetter. The UK is divided into four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, each with its own unique weather patterns.

The majority of holidaymakers and property investors head to England and Scotland, so we will concentrate on those areas for the weather and climate reports.

The UK experiences on average 1,500 hours of sunshine per year, with mild spring times, warm summers, cool autumns, and cold winters. The misconception is that the UK does not have significant seasonal variation; it does. However, the climate is typically temperate maritime with frequent changes in weather, mild temperatures, and moderate rainfall throughout the year.

The driest months are: February, March, and April The wettest months are: October, November, and December

UK’s seasons Winter is: December, January, and February Spring is: March, April, and May Summer is: June, July, and August Autumn is: September, October, and November

The London region – London, South East, and East of England The London region’s average air temperature in the winter is 5°C and reaches 22°C in the summer. In the London region, the winter sea temperature is 8°C, and during the summer, it is 18°C.

The Manchester region – Manchester, North West, and North East of England The Manchester region’s average air temperature ranges from its lowest at 3°C in the winter months to summer highs of 19°C. The average sea temperature in the Manchester region in winter is 6°C and in summer is 16°C.

The Edinburgh region – Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Central Scotland The Edinburgh region’s average air temperature is 2°C at its lowest in the winter to a summer high of 18°C. The Edinburgh region does not have a direct sea temperature for all areas, but coastal regions have similar sea temperatures to the North West and North East of England.

Maximum average temperature °C:

Region Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
London 5 6 9 12 16 19 22 22 19 14 10 7
Manchester 3 4 7 10 14 17 19 19 16 12 8 5
Edinburgh 2 3 5 8 12 15 18 18 15 10 6 3

Average days of sunshine:

Region Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
London 3 4 4 5 7 7 7 7 5 4 3 2
Manchester 2 3 4 5 6 6 6 6 5 4 3 2
Edinburgh 2 3 4 5 6 6 6 6 5 4 3 2

The summer season in the UK is from June to August, with the best months to visit being June, July, and August for maximum sunshine and the warmest temperatures. However, you may find sightseeing more comfortable in the spring or autumn months of April, May, and September when it’s a little cooler and less crowded.