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How much does it rain?

The Weather in England

It always is wretched weather, according to us. In summer time we say it is stifling; in winter that it is killing; in spring and autumn we are not satisfied because it is neither one nor the other. If it is fine, we say the country is being ruined for want of rain; if it does rain, we wish for fine weather.

“If you don't like the weather, wait a minute”

The weather is the most important topic in England. Do not be misled by those who, on the Continent, wanting to describe someone an exceptionally dull will remark: “He is the type who would discuss the weather with you.” In England this is an ever-interesting, even thrilling topic, and you must be good at discussing the weather.

Due to its location right at the edge of Europe, between the North Sea and the North Atlantic, England's weather is very changeable.

In fact, you never know what you get from one moment to the next. That's why it always makes a good topic for conversation, especially with a stranger.

Generally speaking, England's climate is mild. It rarely gets extremely hot or extremely cold. The temperature is pleasant for being out and about from April until October, with the summer period, especially July and August, the warmest.

How warm is it in England?

It's pleasant during the summer months and not really that cold during the winter.

But warmth is not the only measure of good or bad weather in England. Nobody likes it when it's warm but dull, so hours of sunshine are very important. Especially as days become very short in the winter.

The southern and south-eastern parts of England are the warmest and driest parts of the country, achieving on average 1750 hours of sunshine a year. The north-west and west sees more rain and the mountainous areas have more cloud than the counties to the south.

How much does it rain?

Most people in England own an umbrella - indicating that rain is not uncommon. The English take it for granted. But how wet you'll get depends very much on where in England you are.

The Lake District is the wettest part of England with more than 2000 mm of rain a year while south-eastern England - including London - and East Anglia barely manage to reach 700 mm of rain a year.

So when you don't hear English people complaining about too much rain, they'll be complaining about hose-pipe bans! Hose-pipe bans are water-saving measures put in place when it rains too little to ensure water reservoirs don't run out. During a hose-pipe ban you cannot use sprinklers to water your lawn, or wash your car.

Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.


Date: 2015-12-24; view: 730


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