What Is the Climate in England?

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The climate in England is called a temperate maritime climate. This type of climate is distinguished by the the lack of extreme changes in the weather, rainfall or temperatures. England’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean causes the country to have wet, mild and windy weather.

Springtime in England is typically cool, and there can be snow even into April. As the months get closer to summer, there is an increase in temperatures during the day. On average, England’s summers are dry and warm, but it is prone to localized thunderstorms that offer enough rain to keep everything nice and green. Temperatures in the summer stay between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Autumn brings in wetter and cooler weather. From September to November the country can see up to 3.5 inches of rain per month, with average temperatures ranging between 65 and 50 degrees. The winter months from December to February are the wettest and coldest of the year with temperatures averaging around 45 degrees for the high. The lows during this time of year can drop to around freezing. The winds coming off the ocean are much cooler as well. While England and Scotland occupy the same island nation, England’s climate differs from Scotland because it is further south and in warmer waters.