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The climate of England
According to the Köppen climate classification England has a moderate sea climate (type Cfb) with relatively mild winters, warm summers and rainfall all year round. England has the reputation of being very wet. If you believe the stories about England’s climate it rains every day. Some parts of the island of Great Britain are much wetter than England, which is just a part of Great Britain; such as Scotland in the North and Wales in the West. Some parts of the counties of Essex, Kent and Cambridge get less than 500 milimeters of rain per year. This amount can be compared to that of the French Riviera.


Climate information of places and areas in England
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific information about weather and climate can be found on the climate pages per area or town. As for England the following climate information is available:

Towns and Cities
Towns and Cities
Towns and Cities
Cotswolds, the
Isle of Wight
Isles of Scilly
Lake District, the
Pennines mountain range

Influence of the sea
Because of its situation in the north western part of Europe England’s climate is strongly influenced by the surrounding seas such as the North Sea, the Celtic Sea, the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The Gulf Stream supplies relatively warm sea water. Because of the warm sea water temperatures do not drop rapidly; during the winter temperatures are above freezing point on average in the entire country. During the summer the sea water is responsible for a tempering effect. During the summer the highest temperatures are recorded in places that are least affected by the influence of the sea. This is mostly in the south eastern part of England; during the summer also in the south westerly tip of England (Cornwall and Devon). The latter often benefits from the supply of warm air that comes from the south. Some places in the south western part give you the feeling you are on the Mediterranean Coast rather than in England. Palm trees and beautiful sand beaches feel un-English.

Pleasant summers
Summers in England are quite pleasant. During longer periods of pleasant weather temperatures are between 24-28 degrees Celsius. A change in weather is often caused by a change of the direction in which the wind blows. Unstable weather with lower temperatures and rain are often caused by the supply of colder air from a northerly or westerly direction. When a jet stream which blows from America to Europe lies over England a constant supply of depressions via the colder sea water is often the case. This results in bad summer weather. However, the surrounding countries of Scotland, Wales and Ireland protect England from the worst weather.

England only gets about 700 millimeters of rain per year on average; usually precipitation is in the form of rain. There is a large difference in the distribution of rain; the south western and north western parts of England are much wetter than the eastern part of England. The hills and mountains in the northwest get large amounts of rain. The Lake District is the wettest area in England with about 2,000 millimeters of annual precipitation. Fog and overcast skies make the grey image complete; so this part of the country corresponds to the image most people have about the weather in England. The very green hills only get about 1,000 hours of sunshine per year. During the gloomier years these areas only get about 800 hours of annual sunshine; this is the same as less than 3 hours of sunshine per day.

Winters in England are reasonably mild. In a lot of places maximum temperatures are well above freezing point. The number of nights with subzero temperatures also is small. However, when there is a supply of cold polar air from the north temperatures may drop rapidly and subzero temperatures during the night are not uncommon. There is not that much snowfall in England because the air is not cold enough. However, when snow falls large amounts are not uncommon causing traffic problems. During heavy snowfall some cities come to a halt altogether. There are no organized winter sport possibilities in England. There are no official ski tracks in England. However, when hills are covered with snow you can go sledding or cross-country skiing and even skiing.

Fierce winds are not uncommon in England because of the supply of depressions via the sea. Especially in the higher regions in the northern part of England fierce winds are not uncommon; chances of gale force winds are even high. The south western part of England also gets a lot of wind. During the worst storms a wind force of 10-11 (fierce to Hurricane-like) can be recorded. Every now and then hurricane force 12 can even be recorded. Hurricanes caused by tropical depressions are uncommon in England.


Climate figures
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for England. However, some deviations may occur: The north western part and the south western part get more rain; the east is drier. The northwest gets less sunshine; the southern and eastern parts get more sunshine. Local deviations in temperatures may occur, especially because of differences in altitude. The temperature of the sea water is an average for The Channel. Along other coastlines sea water temperatures may be slightly lower.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 7 2 2 20 6
February 6 1 2 14 5
March 10 3 3 17 6
April 13 5 5 15 8
May 17 8 6 14 10
June 20 10 7 13 14
July 22 13 6 11 17
August 22 12 6 12 18
September 19 10 5 14 16
October 15 8 3 16 14
November 10 4 2 20 10
December 7 3 1 19 8
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time. How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate information per month. The information below is an average for a large part of England. However, there are some deviations. Chances of long lasting precipitation are highest in the north western part of England. The UV-index figures may be slightly lower in the north and slightly higher in the south. In the northern and north western parts the guaranteed hours of sunshine are lower.


chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
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chance of
chance of
sunny days


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