UK weather averages for holidays in 2016/2017

Check the UK weather averages before you book your next holiday in 2016/2017. Today's maximum temperature in the UK is expected to be 19°C, while the average maximum temperature in May is 17°C. The weather guide for the UK shown below is for London. Read more about the weather in UK.

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UK weather averages

Check UK weather averages before you book your next holiday. The warmest months in the UK are July and August with an average maximum temperature of 22°C. The sunniest month is June with on average 7 hours of bright sunshine per day. The month with the least number of days with some rain is July with 10 days. The UK weather averages shown below are for London.

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UK weather today

Here is the weather in the UK today, Thursday 5th May 2016. Expect scattered clouds in UK with a maximum temperature of 19°C and 10 hours of bright sunshine. There are 0 mm of rainfall expected and a gentle breeze of 17 kph from the south-east. The weather forecast shown below is for London.

  • 19
    °C maximum temperature
  • 8
    °C minimum temperature
  • scattered clouds
  • 10
    hours of sunshine
  • 0
    mm of rainfall expected
  • 0
    no heat & humidity
  • 17
    kph wind from SE

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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.

Tropical storm risk: UK hurricane season

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The UK tropical storm risk chart above shows the hurricane season for London, UK.

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UK holiday weather averages by month

Check UK holiday weather averages for a particular month by selecting from the list below. Monthly weather guides include figures for temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours and sea temperature plus daily sunrise & sunset times.

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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.

Maximum daytime temperature (°C)

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