Northumbria Weather

 

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

UK Climate Overview:

The climate in the UK is largely influenced by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the North Sea to the East and the regional latitude. Western regions tend to be the warmest, windiest and wettest, and eastern regions drier, cooler and less windy. Regions to the east also experience greater seasonal and daily climatic variations. Northern regions are on average cooler than southern regions and slightly wetter.

Overall the UK weather is very temperate and as such makes a superb all year round destination for holidays and short breaks, and particularly suitable for a whole range of outdoors pursuits - whatever the weather!


Northumbrian Weather:

Northumberland is blessed with some of the best weather in the whole of the UK and is officially one of the driest regions with an average rainfall of just 864mm, which is well below the UK average of 1125mm. There is also an above average amount of winter sunshine of 156 hours with the UK average running at 143 hours.

Due to its location between the Irish Sea and the North Sea, the climate in Northumberland is an oceanic temperate climate which essential means that usually it does not have extremes of weather conditions or temperature fluctuations, and rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year.

Seasons:

In keeping with the rest of the UK, Northumberland has four distinct seasons:

Summer - runs from June through to September. Average temperatures range from 17°C to 20°C. The sunniest and warmest days are during July and August often with temperatures well above the average. These are particularly pleasant conditions for outdoor activities such as walking, pony trekking and cycling. Being a temperate climate conditions can change and become overcast or even experience significant downpours and get quite cool. Hence it always wise to go prepared - sun cream and an umbrella!! Rainfall is fairly even throughout summer, however July tends to be the driest month.

Autumn - runs from late September through to around early/mid November. A noticeable drop in temperature usually occurs by the end of October, and in can get quite cold in the more exposed areas. However it is also quite common for there to be very pleasant warm sunny day's right through to the end of October, and even in November there is likely to be bright sunny days that start and end cold and frosty, but between 11.00 and 14.00 can be quite warm. Evenings and nights tend to be quite cold in autumn so always be prepared with some warm clothing. November tends to have several days of rainfall so keeping the raincoat or brolly to hand is a good idea.

Winter - starts around mid November and runs through to the end of February or mid-March. Winter weather in Northumberland is quite heavily moderated by the Gulf Stream - a warm flow of water across the Atlantic Ocean from warmer climates. This results in comparably mild winters compared to other similar areas in the world. However depending on various other climatic influences the weather can be very cold during winter in Northumberland with quite significant falls of snow, so those taking part in outdoor pursuits need to check the weather forecast and ensure the right clothing is available/worn. Overnight temperatures can be particularly cold often well below zero.

Spring - runs from around mid - March through to June and is a wonderful time to visit Northumberland. Temperatures start to rise which triggers trees and plants into life and the wildlife stirs and becomes much more visible and active. Spring generally has a lower rainfall than autumn with plenty of nice sunny days. This is a great time for shaking off the cobwebs and getting out into the beautiful Northumbrian countryside.

Summary of Northumberland weather figures as a guide only:
* Wet days per annum 155
* Dry days per annum 200
* Snow fall days per annum 33
* Average rainfall per annum 652 mm
* Typical summer temperature 18 to 30 deg. C
* Typical Winter temperature -2 to 10 deg. C
* Typical wind speeds 18 to 30 knots

Daylight Hours:
During the winter months the sunrise is typically after 07.30 with sunset before 17.30, making approximately 10 hours of winter daylight. In the summer sunrise is typically around 04:30 and sunset is typically 22:30, resulting in around 17 hours daylight. These times vary according to weather conditions and particularly cloud cover.

During the winter months the UK clock times are based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) - which is an absolute time reference based on Greenwich in London. On the last Saturday in March at 00:00 hours all UK clocks are put forward by 1 hour and becomes British Summertime (GMT+1). Visitors need to be alert to this time change to ensure travel connections, appointments or breakfast are not missed. During October all UK clocks are reset to GMT (i.e. set back 1 hour at 00:00). Be alert for this change also or you may arrive 1 hour too early for breakfast. Alternatively, as most British people do, just spend 1 more hour in bed!