About Yorkshire

Weather

Weather is a constant source of conversation and general fascination in the UK; that’s because it changes so much when you live on an island.

Our four seasons

Yorkshire’s weather reflects the four very different seasons in the UK:

  • from flurries of snow and hail in winter (December to February)
  • through April showers and spells of sunshine in spring (March to May)
  • to periods of hot sunny weather in the summer months (June to August), and then
  • in autumn (September to November) nothing beats the striking golden leaves, both on the trees and as they crackle underfoot.

Although the weather can be unpredictable, here’s some general guidance (or ‘rules of thumb’, as we like to call them in the UK):

A general forecast

The UK has four seasons of roughly equal length – spring, summer, autumn and winter. The climate is temperate, so we tend not to have extremes of hot and cold weather. We usually have warm summers and cool winters. In summer the average temperature is 15.6°C, though it can get a whole lot hotter. In the winter months, it’s generally wetter and the average temperature is 4.4°C. Snow normally falls towards the end of the winter in January and February, but sometimes comes as early as November and as late as April. 

The temperature is often a couple of degrees colder in the north of England and Scotland than in the south of the country. Located in the north east of England, Yorkshire is drier than the west of the country, where it rains more.