United Kingdom Weather Guide

UK weather is infamous for being cold, wet, windy and shadowed by an ever-present grey cloud. For the most part this is true; however, on occasion dazzling weather can transform the landscape regardless of the season and may even last for many weeks. Sun or no sun, you’re going to need to wrap up warmly during the winter no matter where you are in the UK. In general, the north of the UK tends to see more severe weather than the south, hence the popularity of the south coast shoreline during the summer.

Season and Clothing

Winter: November to February

Winter weather throughout the United Kingdom can be testing at times, and for the most part it’s more of an annoyance. With temperatures ranging from -5 to 5 degrees Celsius, packing for the cold weather is essential with a good coat to keep the wind and rain off along with other winter amenities such as gloves and a beanie. Despite this, many people prefer the winter as snow can turn the landscape into a winter wonderland with a traditional white Christmas.

Spring: March to April

Spring in the UK is pleasant for the most part with Scotland still showing chilly winter-like temperatures. The landscape escapes the grip of winter frost and thaws throughout these months with temperatures ranging from anywhere between 2 and 17 degrees Celsius. Even when the sun is out it can still be cool until the end of April. Being in-between winter and summer, this period in the UK can show aspects of both climates, sometimes all in one day. Spring is often a time when locals spend their weekends in the countryside or head to the incredibly popular Chelsea Flower Show.

Summer: May to August

The UK summer season is usually a mixture of brilliant sun and interval showers, which can, on occasion, be rather heavy. Generally speaking, temperatures range from 10 degrees Celsius all the way up to 30 degrees with inner-city areas tending to be hotter than the countryside and seaside.  Summer in the UK is also when many music festivals kick off including the Leeds/Reading Rock festival in August as well as the world-renowned Glastonbury festival, which draws crowds of up to 150,000. Be quick to get your tickets to next year’s event!

Autumn: September to October

In autumn, temperatures begin to plummet with winter weather definitely setting in as October comes around the corner. September is still a very nice time to visit the UK with the most notable change being the slight kick of wind that whirls as the days draw to a close. As a guide, autumn temperatures average around 9 to 20 degrees Celsius with the mercury dropping significantly at night. To combine your trip with a national celebration, time your UK holiday to coincide with the pagan festival of Halloween on October 31 with most of the big cities getting into the US co-opted holiday spirit.