Wales Weather and Climate
Wales is a constitutional parliamentary monarchy and, along with England and Scotland, is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The Welsh Peninsula is roughly triangular in shape and covers an area of 20,779 square kilometers. It borders the sea on three sides and only has a border with England. The coast of the peninsula has a length of about 1,200 kilometers. It can come up with wide sandy beaches; but also has cliffs. The coastal landscape of Wales is therefore very varied.
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) applies on the Welsh Peninsula. At the 2011 census, the British island had 3,063,456 inhabitants. Even the smallest part of Great Britain has sterling (£) as its currency. The capital is Cardiff. It is also known as the youngest capital in Europe.
Located at the mouth of the River Severn, the city was named capital by Queen Elizabeth II in 1955. English and Welsh are spoken on the peninsula. The two languages have been formally equal since 1993, but only 21.7 percent of the population can speak Welsh.
Climate in Wales
The Gulf Stream ensures a moderate, maritime climate with rather mild summers and moderately cool winter months. Freezing temperatures and snowfall can only be found in the mountain regions. The temperature differences in the rather mountainous country are quite small throughout the year. They largely depend on the height. Even in summer, temperatures only rise to a comfortable level; they move between 20 ° and 25 ° Celsius.
The winds from the sea make them feel a little cooler. In the higher regions the weather can be changeable. Excursions definitely have their charm with appropriate clothing. The travel destination Wales has something to offer its visitors all year round. The months of May to June, with their pleasant temperatures are ideal for an active holiday. From June to August there are a lot of hours of sunshine. It is warm and dry and there are optimal conditions for the numerous festivals on the peninsula.
Since autumn usually starts rather late, it is still rather warm in September and October. During this time of year, bushes and trees develop a real blaze of color. From November onwards the precipitation will increase, which is due to the North Atlantic low pressure areas. In conclusion, winters on the Welsh Peninsula are mostly warmer than those in England. It is also usually warmer than Scotland all year round.
When is the best time to visit Wales?
Interested holidaymakers planning to travel to Wales should find out about the weather on the peninsula beforehand. When is the best time to travel for holidaymakers, it primarily depends on what they want to do in. The travel destination is interesting all year round. In the dry summer, the peninsula of Wales surprises with many hours of sunshine. June with an average of 6.9 hours of sunshine per day is also suitable for stays on the coast.
The high tourist season is from July and August. This is also the time of summer vacation in the UK. For vacationers who plan to visit the numerous festivals or go on a hiking tour in the mountains, it is an ideal travel time. Visitors who prefer a quieter atmosphere and want to avoid the hustle and bustle of tourism should visit Wales in May or September.
The mild temperatures invite you to go on excursions. Many small attractions are closed from October to Easter. Most of the rainfall occurs in late autumn and early winter. From January it will be warmer again and the football and rugby season will begin. The best time to visit Wales for most holidaymakers will be from May to September. However, it depends on the activities of the travelers.
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Cardiff (Wales)
|Daytime temperature||7 ° C||7 ° C||9 ° C||12 ° C||15 ° C||18 ° C||20 ° C||20 ° C||18 ° C||14 ° C||10 ° C||8 ° C|
|Night temperature||2 ° C||2 ° C||3 ° C||4 ° C||7 ° C||10 ° C||12 ° C||12 ° C||11 ° C||8 ° C||5 ° C||3 ° C|
|Water temperature||9 ° C||9 ° C||9 ° C||10 ° C||11 ° C||14 ° C||16 ° C||17 ° C||17 ° C||16 ° C||14 ° C||11 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||91||67||76||57||64||66||74||80||92||96||100||98|
|Hours of sunshine||2||3||4||6||7||7||7||6||5||3||2||2|
The annual average temperature in Cardiff is 9.8 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is July (16 ° C), coldest month of February with mean values of 4.3 ° C. The maximum water temperature in Cardiff is 17 ° C. Pleasant bathing is possible from temperatures of around 21 ° C. The months of August and September have a water temperature of at least 17 ° C. Bathing is then possible to a limited extent.
The annual precipitation is 961 mm on 138 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. In the months of January, February, March, April, November and December snowfall is possible.
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 6.9 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year, the sun shines for 4.3 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following major towns are nearby and have similar climates: Bristol, Newport, Mendip and Swansea.
Sights & attractions
The Snowdonia National Park, with the highest mountain in Wales the Snowdon, is definitely worth a visit. Here visitors can see the full beauty of nature on the peninsula. Well-known places in the region are Beddgelert and Llanberis. Also Cardiff with the City Hall, Cardiff Castle and the Market Hall of the city should be visited.
Caerleon the Roman city must not be forgotten either. Abergavenny hosts festivals, theater and music events. The Pembrokeshire coast also attracts active vacationers. Castles and monasteries as well as the churches of the peninsula must not be forgotten.
Wales weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 9 ° C and 15 ° C can be expected over the next three months. In Cardiff, it gets warmest in May, while March is noticeably cooler.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 9-11 ° C. So the weather is not suitable for swimming.
The expected rainfall is around 12 days in March, around 10 days in April and around 11 days in May.
In the period from March to May , the sun shines on average between 4 and 7 hours a day. The sunniest weather in Cardiff is in May, but the sun is less in March.