If you are booking a short holiday, having a barbeque or watching a sports event, the weather can make or break the occasion.
The British weather has a reputation for being changeable and in some ways is justified. The main reason for this is the geographical location of the UK. To the east we have a land mass of continental Europe and to the West is the Atlantic Ocean. This allows for large temperature and humidity differences, creating erratic weather patterns and making predicting the outcome complicated but very important.
An accurate weather forecast can be an asset to decision making when organising your life, especially if you have to make a journey. Drivers are always at the mercy of the weather, and a large number of road injuries and insurance claims are caused by icy roads, strong winds, fog, snow and heavy rain. So always check here before you set out.
For those going on holiday, 5 weather offer a wide range of accurate city and resort climate conditions. Select your destination and check out the weather for the next few days and use this information to prepare for your trip. These climate predictions are updated on a frequent and reliable basis.
Did You Know?
• Five million people in England and Wales are currently at risk from flooding every year.
• Property, land and assets to the value of £215 billion are now at risk from flooding in England and Wales.
• The largest hailstone recorded in the UK weighed 142 grams (5 oz) and fell at Horsham, Sussex on 5th September 1958. Some hailstones can grow large enough to dent cars, shatter greenhouses and even injure people, but these are very rare in the UK.
• The familiar teardrop shape for rain is not actually correct. Raindrops are actually shaped more like a small hamburger bun.
• It is estimated that 44,000 thunderstorms happen everyday in the world. The myth about lightning never striking the same place twice is not correct. In one storm the Empire State Building in New York was hit 15 times in 15 minutes.
• Jet streams are fast flowing air masses about 5 to 10 miles above the surface of the earth with speeds up to 300 mph. Aircraft often use them to conserve fuel and reduce flight duration times.
• A rainbow lasted a record 3 hours on 14 August, 1979 on the coast of Gwynedd, North Wales, UK.
• The deepest snowfall was on Mount Rainier, Washington State, USA, an incredible 31.1 metres during 1972.
• The South Pole has no sun for 182 days each year. The sunniest place is Yuma, Arizona with over 4,000 hours per year. That equates to the sun shining 90% of the possible time every year.
• The wettest place on earth is Lloro, Colombia in South America. It receives the highest average annual rainfall with an estimated 522 inches (1,325 cm) of rain.
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