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.
the United Kingdom Travel Guide
Weather in the United Kingdom
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)
the United Kingdom Temperatures (Celsius)
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)
the United Kingdom Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
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.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in the United Kingdom (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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|
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
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.