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Typical climate for parts of UK

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Slimthistime Thu 19-Oct-17 17:44:07

hi there
I have been trying to figure out how different parts of the UK - from central to South - vary in climate but all the reports I look up are very technical.

I was wondering if any weather experts could do a general comparison of London compared to:


there may be no variation worth mentioning of course but thought it worth asking. Thanks.

Slimthistime Thu 26-Oct-17 10:16:58


GloriaSmud Thu 26-Oct-17 11:47:10

I just found this website and wondered whether it might help?

Slimthistime Thu 26-Oct-17 11:58:48

hi Gloria
thanks for this

This is the kind of thing that I find a bit too much to be honest.

I was hoping for a basic - this area has most/least rainfall
this area has most/least sunny clear days etc.

Really what I'm interested in is the sunniest and least cloudy parts of the UK in winter, getting to the specifics, and especially in the parts I mentioned.

I had a friend move to Durham from London, and on the basis that it was so far north we thought it would be much colder than here. After three years of her living there, it turns out it's not, which we both find surprising.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 28-Oct-17 21:56:27

the met office have climatology pages but it might be more than you are looking for?

PeanutButterIsEverything Sat 28-Oct-17 22:33:47

I'm always surprised (and slightly put out) that my in laws generally get colder weather and more frost/snow in a built up area on the edge of Birmingham than we do in the north (small city). They are on a hill and miles from the sea so no coastal effect. Similarly I am always surprised at how warm it gets in parts of Aberdeenshire in the summer (from what I see on the forecasts), you frequently see it listed in the 'hotspots' lists.

Like you I am not into the technical detail of weather and climate but I do find it very interesting.

Slimthistime Sun 29-Oct-17 22:01:22

Thanks Kitten

I must admit I was hoping for more general information but perhaps such a thing doesn't exist, or there's too little variation to really say "least grey cloudy places in England", lol.

Slimthistime Sun 29-Oct-17 22:02:05

Peanut, yes, exactly.

Also I think my sister lives in a micro climate - we are at opposite ends of London and the variations we get are quite bizarre.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 29-Oct-17 22:05:02

there are certainly climate variations, I must remember to post when I’m not too knackered to think...

Slimthistime Sun 29-Oct-17 22:13:11

PS I forgot to say Peanut, Scotland seems to have had a lot of sunshine this year, especially late. I would actually like to go for about 10 days next summer and I'm totally confused about when to go - although I realise some of it will be sheer dumb luck of course.

SingingGoldfinch Sun 29-Oct-17 22:19:05

I'm in chichester and Bognor Regis, just down the road, is supposed to be the sunniest place in the U.K. - not sure where the evidence comes from though, it might just be Butlins marketing!

Slimthistime Sun 29-Oct-17 22:29:05

Singing, I just looked that up, news to me!

I love Chichester, one of the places I might move to in future.

Chasingsquirrels Sun 29-Oct-17 22:33:41

East Anglia is very dry.

PestoSwimissimos Sun 29-Oct-17 22:35:42

It always used to be that Eastbourne was stated to have the most hours of sunshine a year.

madeyemoodysmum Sun 29-Oct-17 22:41:39

South east and East in general is a lot drier than the west but Weather fronts move from west to east Mostly and it just depends how persistent they are as to how much rain they drop.

LoniceraJaponica Sun 29-Oct-17 22:44:39

Here is a rainfall map


While googling for more information I found this grin

LoniceraJaponica Sun 29-Oct-17 22:46:23

I always find the different microclimates interesting. Many posters complained about our "hot" summer this year.

We had no such thing where I live (South Yorkshire). We had one properly hot week in June, and that was it.

madeyemoodysmum Sun 29-Oct-17 22:57:59


SingingGoldfinch Mon 30-Oct-17 07:53:11

Slimthistime - Chichester is a fantastic place to live! I thoroughly recommend it! And it's sunny some of the time!

Slimthistime Tue 31-Oct-17 17:56:26

Singing, yes, I love going there.

I wonder where is the least crappy winter weather in the UK? I suppose the answer might be London, with all the built upness providing shelter from the worst of the cold?

ButFirstTea Tue 31-Oct-17 18:01:08

I moved from Durham to London and can't wait to get back there for Christmas. I find London unbearably warm and humid (as much to do with pollution as weather I assume) and Durham is noticeably colder with much better air.

I guess it depends what you mean by least crappy winter weather because for me I love the cold and possibility of frost and snow!

TinklyLittleLaugh Tue 31-Oct-17 18:03:30

My parents live in the South Wales valley. It is invariably pouring down there, but often quite sunny on the coast 10 miles away.

And here in the north west, Liverpool seems to be much less rainy that Manchester.

I live at the bottom of a steep valley. On a cold night, my temperature gauge in my car drops 3 degrees as I drive down the hill to my house. Nothing remotely tender survives in my garden: it is a real frost pocket.

Slimthistime Tue 31-Oct-17 19:02:02

yes, pollution is an issue

heat and pollution combined are not good for my asthma, but temperatures below freezing are the worst thing for it. So I suppose I'd want the warmest place really. Such a shame grey glower is the price for a higher temp in winter.

TheMendedDrum Tue 31-Oct-17 19:27:22

Don't come to Scotland in August, frequently rains and lots of midge. September/October generally much better, or May. Basically whenever the kids are in school wink

Doyouthinktheysaurus Tue 31-Oct-17 19:42:33

I always thought that Cornwall had the mildest winters, or maybe it was the Scilly Isles.....

We are in the South Coast, not too far from Chichester and generally have mild winters. It rarely snows. We do seem to have mild weather compared to further north. We notice it when we return from holidays up north, come back to notably warmer and drier conditions.

Even traveling to my parents in Cambridgeshire in winter, it is noticeably cooler and more likely to snow. Hotter in summer though, we are by the sea which keeps it cooler generally.

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