United Kingdom Weather and Climate
The island of Great Britain is located in the north-west of Europe in the Atlantic Ocean. Great Britain is separated from mainland Europe by the English Channel and is divided into three parts of the country. In the north of the island lies Scotland, in the west Wales and in the south England.
Over 60 million people live in an area of around 209,331 square kilometers. This results in a population density of 276 inhabitants per square kilometer. The capital of the island is London in whose metropolitan area alone around 14 million people live. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and Cardiff is the capital of Wales.
There are other British islands such as Ireland or the Isle of Man in the vicinity. These are supplemented by around 1000 small and largely uninhabited islands. Although these are part of the British Isles, they are not part of Great Britain. From Düsseldorf, London can be reached in around 1 hour and 20 minutes by plane.
Climate on Great Britain
A humid oceanic climate prevails on the Atlantic island. This is characterized by moderately warm summers and cool winter months. The Gulf Stream has a decisive influence on the climate. The island location of Great Britain results in changeable weather all year round.
The southwest of the British Isles is particularly shaped by the Gulf Stream. This brings a lot of warm air with it and ensures that even in winter the temperatures in Cornwall and the far south do not drop below 8 degrees Celsius. In Wales, too, temperatures usually do not drop below zero degrees Celsius, even at night.
In London, the temperatures rise to up to 22 degrees in summer, in western Liverpool it ends at 20 degrees. In the north of Great Britain up to 2000 millimeters of precipitation can fall annually, in the south it is only up to 500 millimeters.
When to go to the UK
During the winter months there is little sun in Great Britain, the days are quite short and it rains a lot. The best travel time is from June to September. During this time, rainfall is less than in the spring and winter months. The temperatures are also much more pleasant.
With more than 20 degrees and up to seven hours of sunshine a day, there actually seems to be a real summer on the island. If you are interested in British botany, you should arrive in the spring month of May. Gardens and parks bloom in bright colors and offer wonderful opportunities for long walks and hikes.
Due to the climate, the summer months are suitable for city trips. However, you have to expect a large crowd here. The capital London in particular is well attended in summer. Additional waiting times should be planned for attractions and highlights.
Highlights and attractions
The capital London in particular has a lot of cultural highlights to offer. The open Shakespeare Globe Theater is a real attraction that should definitely be visited. In addition to London, the capital of Wales is also recommended as a travel destination.
Cardiff is a bustling city that offers cultural highlights, for example with Cardiff Castle and Bute Park. Queen Street and Cardiff Market offer a wide range of shopping opportunities for young and
old.Edinburgh, the impressive capital of Scotland, combines centuries-old history with a modern and cosmopolitan charm. Attractions like Edinburgh Castle or the Gallery of Modern Art should be on every trip planner.