England Weather, climate and geography
The weather in England is temperate, with warm wet summers and cool wet winters. Weather varies from day to day and throughout the country as a whole. In general, the west coast and mountainous areas receive the most rain.
Winters range from late October to early March. The east coast, particularly in the north, is colder and windier with winds blowing in from Siberia; Cambridge, Yorkshire and Newcastle suffer the brunt of this. Cold snaps with heavy snow can cause problems with transport and infrastructure; those from cooler climates may marvel at how a relatively innocuous snow storm can bring transport to a standstill but severe storms are still quite uncommon. Temperatures have been known to hit -5°C (23°F) during winter but in England temperatures below this are rare.
Summers range from May to early September. The southeast is the sunnier than the north of the country, with less rain and a climate approaching the continental. During summer, temperatures can reach as high as 30°C (86°F); the southwest has the mildest climate overall.
England has much to occupy whatever the season, but the best chance of catching sunny days is between May and September. Popular summer holidaying spots such as Brighton, Devon and Cornwall become particularly crowded during the end of July and throughout August when schools are closed.
England’s reputation for rain is deserved, so pack some rainwear in the form of coats, umbrellas and appropriate footwear. During summer, shorts, sandals and t-shirts are fine, but bring extra layers as weather can be changeable, and temperatures cool down considerably in the evenings.