The best times to visit the United Kingdom for ideal weather are

June 18th to September 16th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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the United Kingdom Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in the United Kingdom

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in the United Kingdom vary little and are seasonally temperate. The area is in the top 76 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit the United Kingdom, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 66.2°F (19°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 53.7°F (12.1°C) at night.

    the United Kingdom Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    the United Kingdom Temperatures (Celsius)

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    “Feels-Like” Temperatures

    The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

    the United Kingdom Perceived Temperature (F)

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    the United Kingdom Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average the United Kingdom Temperatures by Month

    Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 44.9 41.3 36.8
    Feb 45.4 41.2 36.6
    Mar 48.7 43.4 37.8
    Apr 53.6 47.4 41
    May 57.1 51.3 45
    Jun 61.7 55.9 49.6
    Jul 65 59.1 53
    Aug 64.4 58.8 52.9
    Sep 61.3 55.8 49.8
    Oct 56.3 51.5 45.9
    Nov 50.2 46.3 41.5
    Dec 45.6 41.8 37.1

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 7.2 5.2 2.7
    Feb 7.4 5.1 2.6
    Mar 9.3 6.3 3.2
    Apr 12 8.6 5
    May 13.9 10.7 7.2
    Jun 16.5 13.3 9.8
    Jul 18.3 15.1 11.7
    Aug 18 14.9 11.6
    Sep 16.3 13.2 9.9
    Oct 13.5 10.8 7.7
    Nov 10.1 7.9 5.3
    Dec 7.6 5.4 2.8

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in the United Kingdom are November, December, and then January. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid-April. For example, on the week of April 16th there are only 1.2 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early November with an average of 2.7 days with significant precipitation the week of November 5th.

    When can you find snow in the United Kingdom? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around October, especially close to mid-May. Powder (new snow) is most often falls around October 8th. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

    Chance of Precipitation

    The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in the United Kingdom.

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    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in the United Kingdom (in).

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    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 34.3 1 0.06
    Feb 30 0.9 0.05
    Mar 25.7 1.4 0.04
    Apr 22.9 1.6 0.03
    May 27.1 0.4 0.04
    Jun 24.3 0.1 0.04
    Jul 27.1 0.1 0.05
    Aug 30 0 0.06
    Sep 25.7 0 0.04
    Oct 31.4 2.1 0.06
    Nov 35.7 2 0.07
    Dec 34.3 1 0.07

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 34.3 2.5 0.15
    Feb 30 2.3 0.13
    Mar 25.7 3.6 0.1
    Apr 22.9 4.1 0.08
    May 27.1 1 0.1
    Jun 24.3 0.3 0.1
    Jul 27.1 0.3 0.13
    Aug 30 0 0.15
    Sep 25.7 0 0.1
    Oct 31.4 5.3 0.15
    Nov 35.7 5.1 0.18
    Dec 34.3 2.5 0.18

     

    Humidity and Wind

    the United Kingdom has slightly high to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is May (71% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (79.9%).

    Wind in the United Kingdom is usually stronger than usual. The windiest month is January, followed by December and February. January’s average wind speed of around 13.3 knots (15.3 MPH or 24.6 KPH) is considered “moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early-to-mid-January where average top sustained speeds reach 21.3 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in the United Kingdom.

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    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 13.3 a moderate breeze 20.5 a fresh breeze
    Feb 12.1 a moderate breeze 18.7 a fresh breeze
    Mar 11.8 a moderate breeze 18.4 a fresh breeze
    Apr 10.3 a gentle breeze 16.3 a moderate breeze
    May 10.5 a gentle breeze 16.4 a fresh breeze
    Jun 9.3 a gentle breeze 14.7 a moderate breeze
    Jul 9.5 a gentle breeze 15 a fresh breeze
    Aug 9.7 a gentle breeze 15.5 a moderate breeze
    Sep 10.2 a gentle breeze 15.9 a fresh breeze
    Oct 11.2 a moderate breeze 17.3 a fresh breeze
    Nov 12.1 a moderate breeze 18.8 a fresh breeze
    Dec 12.9 a moderate breeze 20.1 a fresh breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 79
    Feb 77.9
    Mar 73.1
    Apr 71
    May 71
    Jun 73.2
    Jul 74.7
    Aug 75.6
    Sep 76.2
    Oct 78.3
    Nov 79.9
    Dec 79.1

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to the United Kingdom?

    As of 6/22/2017 there are travel warnings for the United Kingdom; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in the United Kingdom is August, followed by July and September. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit the United Kingdom in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

    Estimated Tourism by Month

     

    Most Popular Months to Visit

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    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 31.6 in December means 31.6% of the tourists vs. August.

    Overall the United Kingdom Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 59.8°F (15.4°C) and 47.2°F (8.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 8 days of precipitation per month. Spring is moderately busy for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Summer (June through August)

    The middle-year months have slightly cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see moderate precipitation with 7 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in the United Kingdom, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as usual.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 62.9°F (17.2°C) and 46.5°F (8.1°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: 8 to 11 days per month. Tourism is moderately busy during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be normally priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is too cold this time of year in the United Kingdom to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 46.6°F (8.1°C) and 43.7°F (6.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a good amount: 8 to 11 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

     

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