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West of England : Weather & Climate

month average sunlight hours average temperatures average precipitation
(mm)
wet days (>0.25 mm) best months
min C max C min F max F
Jan 2 2 7 36 45 108 18
Feb 3 2 7 36 45 72 14
Mar 4 3 10 37 50 63 13
Apr 5 5 13 41 55 65 13
May 6 8 16 46 61 76 11
Jun 7 11 19 52 66 63 10
Jul 6 12 20 54 68 69 10
Aug 6 13 21 55 70 77 12
Sep 5 11 18 19 64 79 13
Oct 3 8 14 16 57 109 15
Nov 2 5 10 13 50 116 16
Dec 2 3 8 10 46 108 18

The UK is well known for the variability of its weather – from day to day, season to season, year to year and place to place. Its position in the mid-latitude westerly wind belt on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean with its relatively warm waters, yet close to the continental influences of mainland Europe, plays a major role in this. Changes in topography and land use over relatively short distances, together with a long coastline and numerous islands, all add to the variety of weather. In general, places in the east and south of the UK tend to be drier, warmer, sunnier and less windy than those further west and north. Also, these favourable weather conditions usually occur more often in the spring and summer than in autumn and winter.

England weather is very changeable and unpredictable, but generally summers are warm and winters are cold, and temperatures are milder than those on the continent. Temperatures do not usually drop below 32°F (0°C) in winter, and in summer they hardly reach 90°F (32°C). July and August are the warmest months, while January and February is the coldest time of year. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, but late winter/early spring (February to March) is the driest period.

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