Weather and climate in the UK
England is famous for its rain and the lush green of its countryside. Average annual rainfall in the north is more than 1,600 mm, but central and southern England receives an average of less than 800 mm.
The coldest months are December, January and February, when the temperature is usually between 3 and 6°C. In the summer months (July and August) the average temperature is between 16 and 21°C.
Rain falls throughout the year, and the weather in England can change very rapidly. In autumn and winter, strong low-pressure systems can bring gales, heavy rain and thunderstorms.
British weather facts
The average number of days on which rain falls in London each year is less than in Paris, Santander (Spain) and Wellington (New Zealand). London is drier than Rome, New York, Brisbane, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo.
In July and August, the temperature averages between 16 and 21°C. Rain falls throughout the year, and the weather in England can sometimes change very quickly. In the autumn and winter, strong Atlantic low-pressure systems can bring gales and uncomfortable weather with heavy rain, showers or even thunderstorms.
The average minimum daily temperature in London is higher than that in Seattle, Dublin and Toronto.