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Hardly known for its desirable climate, the United Kingdom is plagued by atmospheric instability and unpredictable weather due to its location. Many types of weather can be experienced in one day and rain is possible at any time of year, with gloomy conditions often the norm.
Generally speaking, southern regions are more temperate and mild than northern regions. England enjoys the warmest temperatures on average and is generally more sunny and less rainy than the rest of the UK. Scotland has the coldest weather and is also the wettest country for most parts of the year.
Winters, between December and February, are cold and wet with occasional snow, especially in Scotland and the high-lying areas of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. When the grim, grey weather of winter does lift the country comes alive and residents take advantage of the beautiful countryside and the large number of urban parks and gardens. Summers, between June and August, are warm and balmy, and although there are frequent showers, expats might be surprised to discover that the summer season is generally quite pleasant with exceptionally long days.