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Wales Climate & Weather

Wales Climate and Weather


Wales has a temperate climate, with temperatures rarely reaching extremes. As with the rest of the UK, the weather is highly unpredictable. Coastal areas are warm in summer, although the country generally receives more rain and less sunshine than England. On the other hand, Wales is almost always warmer and drier than Scotland. In summer, between June and August, the average temperatures range between 47°F (8°C) and 66°F (19°C) in Wales. July is the warmest and driest month of the year, but even in July some rain is likely. May, which is late spring, is the sunniest month of the year, but it is still notably cooler than the summer months, with an average high temperature of only 58°F (14°C). In winter, between December and February, the average temperatures range between 34°F (1°C) and 45°F (7°C). Between October and January Wales is very wet, with 15 to 17 days of rain each month, on average. Snow is possible in the winter months but is rare, except on high ground. Fog and frost is fairly common.

May to August is the best time to travel to Wales as it is comparatively sunny and dry. Summer is the peak tourist season.


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