History UsefulNotes / BritishWeather

9th Mar '18 11:10:07 AM cillianflood
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It's a bit of a cliché, but it's true. The longer any given conversation in Britain, the higher the chance that [[TalkAboutTheWeather the weather will be mentioned at some point]].

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It's a bit of a cliché, but it's true. The longer any given conversation in Britain, Britain (or Ireland), the higher the chance that [[TalkAboutTheWeather the weather will be mentioned at some point]].



A big factor in this is prevailing winds. Britain has the Gulf Stream/North Atlantic Drift from the south west, which prevents the country from getting Canada-level cold (same latitude), but also brings storms. There's also cold winds from the north.

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A big factor in this is prevailing winds. Britain has the British Isles have the Gulf Stream/North Atlantic Drift from the south west, which prevents the country from getting Canada-level cold (same latitude), but also brings storms. There's also cold winds from the north.



In seriousness, Britain is a temperate country. Breaking the 30 degrees Celsius level occurs once or twice a year and 40 is unheard of (the UK record is 38.5 degrees in Kent in 2003). If it gets hot, expect at least one [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers paper]] to have photographs of bikini-clad sunbathers -- guaranteed, and very cold winters are also rare. Australians talking to British friends about the weather need to add "Celsius" after mentioning that their current temperature is about 45.

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In seriousness, the Britain is a Isles are temperate country.region. Breaking the 30 degrees Celsius level occurs once or twice a year and 40 is unheard of (the UK record is 38.5 degrees in Kent in 2003). If it gets hot, expect at least one [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers paper]] to have photographs of bikini-clad sunbathers -- guaranteed, and very cold winters are also rare. Australians talking to British friends about the weather need to add "Celsius" after mentioning that their current temperature is about 45.
24th Sep '17 3:01:09 PM nombretomado
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Pack an umbrella and a rain coat, that's all we can say. In the words of the [[BillyConnolly Prophet Connolly]], "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing".

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Pack an umbrella and a rain coat, that's all we can say. In the words of the [[BillyConnolly [[Creator/BillyConnolly Prophet Connolly]], "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing".
6th Sep '17 6:16:02 PM GrammarNavi
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Notably April, most notorious for "April showers", is often the month when the Sun is first seen each year, often causing hill fires (identical to Australian bush fires, but on hills) and burning people who keep their liquid fuel cans outside then pick them up (honestly).[[note]] OopNorth, this is the second most common reason the fire service is called. The most common is to rescue sheep from waterways. No joke.[[/note]] In 2012 there was a section of the North Midlands in drought and flood ''at the same time''; this was not called "The Wettest Drought On Record" for no reason. In the North of England one week of blizzards and -13°C was followed by a week of heatwaves and +32°C. The Calder Valley flooded four times in three weeks later that year. In 2012 TheMidlands experienced hailstones in July.

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Notably April, most notorious for "April showers", is often the month when the Sun is first seen each year, often causing hill fires (identical to Australian bush fires, but on hills) and burning people who keep their liquid fuel cans outside then pick them up (honestly).[[note]] OopNorth, this is the second most common reason the fire service is called. The most common is to rescue sheep from waterways. No joke.[[/note]] In 2012 there was a section of the North Midlands in drought and flood ''at the same time''; this was not called "The Wettest Drought On Record" for no reason. In the North of England one week of blizzards and -13°C was followed by a week of heatwaves and +32°C. The Calder Valley flooded four times in three weeks later that year. In 2012 TheMidlands UsefulNotes/TheMidlands experienced hailstones in July.
27th Aug '17 4:04:05 AM Outis
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->''"Too Hot, Too Cold, Too Wet and Too Windy"''
-->--'''Dr. Xargle's Book of Earthlings'''

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->''"Too Hot, Too Cold, Too Wet and Too Windy"''
-->--'''Dr. Xargle's Book
->''"It is commonly observed, that when two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of Earthlings'''
the weather; they are in haste to tell each other, what each must already know, that it is hot or cold, bright or cloudy, windy or calm."''
-->-- '''[[Creator/SamuelJohnson Dr. Samuel Johnson]]'''
23rd Jul '17 7:29:19 AM karstovich2
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In fiction, London, of course, will always have fog at some point of the story. In addition to natural fog, the burning of coal creates a lot of problems. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smog In 1952 it is estimated that over 12,000 people died from four days of bad smog]]. Actual London, and indeed Britain in general, are today ''far'' less burdened with fog than some fictional works would have you believe, but their depictions can be given a bit more credence if set after industrialisation but before the passing of the clean air acts - though London today is still reliably a couple of degrees Celsius warmer than the rest of the country thanks to pollution. Narrow river valleys OopNorth are prone to mist and fog in winter, but it's rarely a London phenomenon nowadays. It's also not uncommon to see thick haar or 'sea fog' in coastal cities such as Edinburgh, but it isn't an everyday occurrence. See also AFoggyDayInLondonTown.

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In fiction, London, of course, will always have fog at some point of the story. In addition to natural fog, the burning of coal creates a lot of problems. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smog In 1952 it is estimated that over 12,000 people died from four days of bad smog]]. Actual London, and indeed Britain in general, are today ''far'' less burdened with fog than some fictional works would have you believe, but their depictions can be given a bit more credence if set after industrialisation but before the passing of the clean air acts - though London today is still reliably a couple of degrees Celsius warmer than the rest of the country thanks to pollution.pollution and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_heat_island urban heat island effect]]. Narrow river valleys OopNorth are prone to mist and fog in winter, but it's rarely a London phenomenon nowadays. It's also not uncommon to see thick haar or 'sea fog' in coastal cities such as Edinburgh, but it isn't an everyday occurrence. See also AFoggyDayInLondonTown.
26th Jun '17 6:27:59 PM nombretomado
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In other words, there's a reason "The weather in London" used to be a meme on TheOtherWiki.

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In other words, there's a reason "The weather in London" used to be a meme on TheOtherWiki.
Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
20th Feb '17 4:58:03 PM nombretomado
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In seriousness, Britain is a temperate country. Breaking the 30 degrees Celsius level occurs once or twice a year and 40 is unheard of (the UK record is 38.5 degrees in Kent in 2003). If it gets hot, expect at least one [[BritishNewspapers paper]] to have photographs of bikini-clad sunbathers -- guaranteed, and very cold winters are also rare. Australians talking to British friends about the weather need to add "Celsius" after mentioning that their current temperature is about 45.

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In seriousness, Britain is a temperate country. Breaking the 30 degrees Celsius level occurs once or twice a year and 40 is unheard of (the UK record is 38.5 degrees in Kent in 2003). If it gets hot, expect at least one [[BritishNewspapers [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers paper]] to have photographs of bikini-clad sunbathers -- guaranteed, and very cold winters are also rare. Australians talking to British friends about the weather need to add "Celsius" after mentioning that their current temperature is about 45.
15th Feb '17 4:53:43 AM mario0987
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Notably April, most notorious for "April showers", is often the month when the Sun is first seen each year, often causing hill fires (identical to Australian bush fires, but on hills) and burning people who keep their liquid fuel cans outside then pick them up (honestly).[[note]] OopNorth, this is the second most common reason the fire service is called. The most common is to rescue sheep from waterways. No joke.[[/note]] In 2012 there was a section of the North Midlands in drought and flood ''at the same time''. In the North of England one week of blizzards and -13°C was followed by a week of heatwaves and +32°C. The Calder Valley flooded four times in three weeks later that year. In 2012 TheMidlands experienced hailstones in July.

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Notably April, most notorious for "April showers", is often the month when the Sun is first seen each year, often causing hill fires (identical to Australian bush fires, but on hills) and burning people who keep their liquid fuel cans outside then pick them up (honestly).[[note]] OopNorth, this is the second most common reason the fire service is called. The most common is to rescue sheep from waterways. No joke.[[/note]] In 2012 there was a section of the North Midlands in drought and flood ''at the same time''.time''; this was not called "The Wettest Drought On Record" for no reason. In the North of England one week of blizzards and -13°C was followed by a week of heatwaves and +32°C. The Calder Valley flooded four times in three weeks later that year. In 2012 TheMidlands experienced hailstones in July.
7th Oct '16 7:46:00 PM bwburke94
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Britain tends to have three seasons - [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs a cold season, a wet season, and a cold and wet season]]. If you're lucky, there may be a week or so of sunshine between the latter two. Creator/JohnCleese once said in a tv interview [[DeadpanSnarker "We have a national holiday in Britain. It's called Summer."]] Creator/BillBryson noted seeing a forecast of 'Warm and dry, with cooler and rainy spells' and commentated that it could be printed every day, and in fact might be for all he knew, and hardly ever be wrong, and that unless you decide to go hiking up Ben Nevis in your dressing gown, you can probably get away with wearing the same thing all year round. Provided it comes with a hood or you're carrying your umbrella.

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Britain tends to have three seasons - [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs a cold season, a wet season, and a cold and wet season]]. If you're lucky, there may be a week or so of sunshine between the latter two. Creator/JohnCleese once said in a tv interview [[DeadpanSnarker "We have a national holiday in Britain. It's called Summer."]] Creator/BillBryson noted seeing a forecast of 'Warm and dry, with cooler and rainy spells' and commentated that it could be printed every day, and in fact might be for all he knew, and hardly ever be wrong, and that unless you decide to go hiking up Ben Nevis in your dressing gown, you can probably get away with wearing the same thing all year round. Provided it comes with a hood or you're carrying your umbrella.
13th Aug '16 5:04:06 PM DarkPhoenix94
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In fiction, London, of course, will always have fog at some point of the story. In addition to natural fog, the burning of coal creates a lot of problems. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smog In 1952 it is estimated that over 12,000 people died from four days of bad smog]]. Actual London, and indeed Britain in general, are today ''far'' less burdened with fog than some fictional works would have you believe, but their depictions can be given a bit more credence if set after industrialisation but before the passing of the clean air acts. Narrow river valleys OopNorth are prone to mist and fog in winter, but it's rarely a London phenomenon nowadays. It's also not uncommon to see thick haar or 'sea fog' in coastal cities such as Edinburgh, but it isn't an everyday occurrence. See also AFoggyDayInLondonTown.

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In fiction, London, of course, will always have fog at some point of the story. In addition to natural fog, the burning of coal creates a lot of problems. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smog In 1952 it is estimated that over 12,000 people died from four days of bad smog]]. Actual London, and indeed Britain in general, are today ''far'' less burdened with fog than some fictional works would have you believe, but their depictions can be given a bit more credence if set after industrialisation but before the passing of the clean air acts.acts - though London today is still reliably a couple of degrees Celsius warmer than the rest of the country thanks to pollution. Narrow river valleys OopNorth are prone to mist and fog in winter, but it's rarely a London phenomenon nowadays. It's also not uncommon to see thick haar or 'sea fog' in coastal cities such as Edinburgh, but it isn't an everyday occurrence. See also AFoggyDayInLondonTown.



One aspect of British and Irish weather that's often overlooked by writers used to lower latitudes is that the days are very long in the summer and very short in the winter. This is especially the case in northern Scotland, but is true of the UK and Ireland in general. There's no "midnight sun" like in the polar regions, but 10 pm sun can be expected in midsummer, while it can start getting dim at something like 3PM in deep winter. This has led to some degree of FantasticReligiousWeirdness here on Earth: Britain's [[UsefulNotes/ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion substantial]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] community, and particularly those living in Scotland,[[note]]Which is, again, substantial; the first Muslim MP represented Glasgow, and a Muslim has represented some part of Glasgow or other since 1997[[/note]]have received numerous ''fatwas'' saying "No, you ''don't'' have to fast from literal sunrise to sunset, seeing as that's a 15 or even 20-hour fast for 30 days when Ramadan falls in the summertime. 6 in the morning to 6 at night is just fine."

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One aspect of British and Irish weather that's often overlooked by writers used to lower latitudes is that the days are very long in the summer and very short in the winter.winter - and sometimes, the Northern Lights can be seen in Scotland and its northern islands. This is especially the case in northern Scotland, but is true of the UK and Ireland in general. There's no "midnight sun" like in the polar regions, but 10 pm sun can be expected in midsummer, while it can start getting dim at something like 3PM in deep winter. This has led to some degree of FantasticReligiousWeirdness here on Earth: Britain's [[UsefulNotes/ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion substantial]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] community, and particularly those living in Scotland,[[note]]Which is, again, substantial; the first Muslim MP represented Glasgow, and a Muslim has represented some part of Glasgow or other since 1997[[/note]]have received numerous ''fatwas'' saying "No, you ''don't'' have to fast from literal sunrise to sunset, seeing as that's a 15 or even 20-hour fast for 30 days when Ramadan falls in the summertime. 6 in the morning to 6 at night is just fine."
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