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Check on the the UK weather before you book your holiday. Whatever kind of trip you are planning, take a look at today's temperature, the outlook for tomorrow and what the weather is usually like at this time of year. The UK weather guide shown below is for London. Read more about the weather in UK.

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UK sunrise & sunset times for HolidayWeather 2017

Browse the sunrise & sunset times for UK in HolidayWeather 2017. Select a month to view UK sunrise & sunset times for the next twelve months. The UK sunrise & sunset times shown below are for London.

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Date Sunrise times Sunset times
Thursday, 1st December 2016 07:46 15:54
Friday, 2nd December 2016 07:47 15:54
Saturday, 3rd December 2016 07:48 15:53
Sunday, 4th December 2016 07:50 15:53
Monday, 5th December 2016 07:51 15:52
Tuesday, 6th December 2016 07:52 15:52
Wednesday, 7th December 2016 07:53 15:52
Thursday, 8th December 2016 07:54 15:52
Friday, 9th December 2016 07:55 15:52
Saturday, 10th December 2016 07:56 15:51
Sunday, 11th December 2016 07:57 15:51
Monday, 12th December 2016 07:58 15:51
Tuesday, 13th December 2016 07:59 15:52
Wednesday, 14th December 2016 08:00 15:52
Thursday, 15th December 2016 08:01 15:52
Friday, 16th December 2016 08:01 15:52
Saturday, 17th December 2016 08:02 15:52
Sunday, 18th December 2016 08:03 15:53
Monday, 19th December 2016 08:03 15:53
Tuesday, 20th December 2016 08:04 15:54
Wednesday, 21st December 2016 08:04 15:54
Thursday, 22nd December 2016 08:05 15:55
Friday, 23rd December 2016 08:05 15:56
Saturday, 24th December 2016 08:05 15:56
Sunday, 25th December 2016 08:06 15:57
Monday, 26th December 2016 08:06 15:58
Tuesday, 27th December 2016 08:06 15:59
Wednesday, 28th December 2016 08:06 15:59
Thursday, 29th December 2016 08:06 16:00
Friday, 30th December 2016 08:06 16:01
Saturday, 31st December 2016 08:06 16:02
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United Kingdom weather overview

No wonder the British are obsessed with the weather: they have one of the world's most changeable climates. The general pattern is for summers to be warm and wet and winters to be cool and wet. However, the quirky weather can leave the islands basking in sunshine as hot as the Mediterranean's during a good summer and shivering in temperatures as cold as Moscow's during a particularly harsh winter.

In the United Kingdom, weather conditions vary widely from day to day and from region to region. The southwest is the warmest area while the west coast and the mountains attract the most rain. The east coast is generally a chilly and blustery region with colder winters than other areas. London and the southeast enjoy more periods of sunshine and are drier and warmer than the north.

The mountains of Scotland, Wales and northern England can be treacherous. In the summer months, they can record some of the highest rainfall in Europe while, in winter, they are prone to blizzards, gales and icy rain. Unwary mountain walkers frequently have to be rescued when a sudden turn in the weather leaves them stranded and in danger of frostbite or worse.

Scotland, because of its northerly latitude, experiences longer days in the summer and shorter days in the winter than anywhere else in the UK but, as a rule, temperatures there are no lower than in England. The west of the country is warmer and rainier than the east and visitors exploring the Highlands should be prepared for sudden fog and mists.

Wales is generally less sunny and more rainy than England but its coasts can enjoy prolonged periods of sunshine in the summer and are therefore popular with tourists. The Welsh Mountains should be approached with respect at any time of year as conditions can quickly turn nasty. Northern Ireland suffers highly changeable weather conditions and tends to be wetter with less sun than other parts of the UK.

What to pack for United Kingdom weather

Always bring a range of clothing when touring Britain. Layered clothing, which can be added to or removed according to temperature and conditions, is probably the best bet. Expect the odd short sharp shower and, if in the Lake District or the mountains, rainwear is strongly recommended.

For more UK destinations visit our dedicated UK Holiday Weather website. Here you'll find weather guides for counties, cities, towns and villages across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

UK weather map: Select a destination

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Compare UK weather with the United States

Below the UK weather chart shows maximum daytime temperature for UK (London) and the USA (Washington). For more weather parameters or to change the destinations shown visit the comparison weather tool.

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UK weather by month

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