The rugby Six Nations Championship is held during February or March, when England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy are pitched against each other. It can be warm and sunny, with spring flowers made more vivid by the clear skies and sunshine, or it can be a very rainy month.
Often attended by the Queen, Royal Ascot is a major event in the horse racing calendar, where race-goers dress up for the occasion. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a lively series of performances including shows, music and comedy, is held during most of August, making the city extremely busy.
September often has warmer and drier weather than August, and the summer crowds start to disperse as schools reopen. Toward the end of the month the leaves start to change hue, and there are a number of food festivals held across the country to mark the harvest.
By the end of October most places are much quieter, making this a pleasant time to travel if you prefer to avoid the crowds. In early November the autumn leaves are still in full show, but mountainous areas may experience snow and daylight is restricted to around seven hours in northern Scotland.
Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks on the 5th, to commemorate a failed attempt to blow up parliament in the 17th century. Events & Festivals A celebration of bonfires and fireworks, Guy Fawkes Night commemorates a failed attempt to blow up parliament in the 17th century.
December is usually cold and damp, with little foliage and the least daylight hours of the year (fewer than seven in the north of Scotland). Events & Festivals Christmas lights decorate towns and cities, and carol concerts are held in churches.
Roads busy, especially in seaside areas, national parks and popular cities, such as Oxford, Bath and York. Often Weather good: March to May sun mixes with sudden rain; September and October can feature balmy 'Indian summers'.
In England, the weather is good across more than 72% of the territory for: July, August and September The best months to go to London are May, June, July, August and September On average, the warmest months in London are July and August, and the coldest month of the year is January The cities with the best climate are London, Jersey, Cambridge, Guernsey, Southampton, Stonehenge, Chester, Colchester, Maidstone and Southend-on-Sea, with good weather at least 5 months a year The best months for swimming in London are August and September *weather varies across the country ; please check out the Where to go section below.
The best months to go to London are may, June, July, august and September. The best months to go to Jersey are June, July, august, September and October.
The best months to go to Liverpool are June, July, august and September. The best months to go to Manchester are April, may, June, July, august, September and October.
The best months to go to Plymouth are June, July, august and September. On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of England and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of London, Jersey, Liverpool, Manchester and Plymouth, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.
Legend: Click over cities for information about the weather. Climate data for England has been gathered every day since January 2009.
The analysis of these meteorological data for England allows us to determine the average for each month in London, Jersey, Liverpool, Manchester, Plymouth, Bath, Brighton, Bristol, and 39 other cities. So yes : this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.
This is due to its geographical location, just off the north-west coast of mainland Europe and being completely surrounded by the various branches of the Atlantic Ocean. Usually brings cold, wet and often windy weather, snow is a distinct possibility in winter and spring, though it tends to only fall in upland northern regions) Polar, wind Engine (direct from the Arctic, almost always occurs in winter, this influence will bring some snowfall across most of the country; accumulations are highest in Scotland and North-East England) Continental, NE-SSW (a mixed bag really, in summer, this is a pleasant airflow and brings hot, dry weather.
Heavy snow fall tends to come as a bit of a surprise and generally brings the country to a halt. There is no scheme for snow clearance and side roads and pavements outside city centers generally do not get cleared.
It is ill-advised to fell walk or mountain climb in this season as temperatures drop sharply at higher altitudes and daylight is at a premium with dark early evenings. Storms, with torrential rain, the occasional blizzard and winds up to 70mph (110kmh) occur most winters, usually in January.
Winter is generally the wettest season marked by successive lows coming off the Atlantic bringing bands of rain. This is normally sufficient to top up reservoirs and water courses after the rare event of a prolonged dry spell in summer.
However, late autumn 2012 and the run up to Christmas bought unseasonably heavy rain which fell on ground that had been saturated all summer. Scotland had early snowfall and enough rain fell for pictures to be taken of people canoeing through the streets of Gates head.
In the run up to Christmas further bands of unwelcome heavy rain fell and the southwest was hit hard. Some small towns in Devon saw their busy Christmas shopping period cancelled as high streets flooded because drains could not cope with all the extra rain.
There was a brief warm spell after the middle of the month after which was a return to unsettled wetter weather that remained in place for the whole summer. Temperatures stay above 15C by day (usually dipping no lower than 10C by night) over the entire UK and can exceed 35C in a heatwave.
However, the past five summers have generally been poor even by British standards with a lot more rain than normal. Historic buildings saw their repair bills rise due to damage caused by constant saturation.
The record for the hottest day ever in Britain was set on Sunday 10th August 2003 as temperatures soared to 38.1C (100.6F) in Gravesend, Kent. If the humidity index rises sharply, it is almost a sure sign of an imminent summer thunderstorm, which can be fairly spectacular; 100 mm of rain can fall in 30 minutes or less.
The villages suffered extensive damage from flash floods caused by an exceptional amount of rain that fell over the course of eight hours that afternoon. May 2010 saw 4 inches of snow fall in Scotland, allowing ski resorts to operate in June, the first time for 15 years.
Schools finish for summer mid July in England and at the end of June in Scotland. Daylight hours are long too with early daybreak and late sunsets; owing to the latitude, places from Manchester northwards get no darker than twilight for a few days either side of the solstice (21st June).
Weather from the south-west is generally not great news at this time of year as it brings remnants of hurricanes from the south-east USA and Caribbean, winds of 60mph (100kmh) and heavy rain being the situation. Basically, every season has its highs and lows, April to early October is the best period to visit.