Weather in Ireland & the U.K.

When to Travel & An Overview of the Temperatures and Seasons

British Isles weather has a bad reputation. Along the way, someone may have suggested it’s mostly just rainy, foggy and chilly.  Perhaps it was a marketing campaign to get us to invest in a nice Irish sweater?  Well, it’s not ALWAYS raining, besides, without the rain how would Ireland & the U.K. get all of their lovely rainbows for the Leprechauns to stash their pots of gold under?

Whatever the case may be, the rumors about the weather in Ireland & the U.K. are a bit off.  These destinations have neither extreme highs of temperature nor extreme lows.  It is likely you’ll experience rain at some point during your Vacation, however your chances of seeing the beautiful sights in pure sunlight is just as great. There are times you may even experience all of the seasons in one day from a chilly drizzly morning to a warm sunny afternoon and then a breezy delightful evening.

When is the weather the best in Ireland & Great Britain?


Temperatures will rarely go below 32°F and only occasionally above 68°F – with June, July and August being the warmest months, January and February the coldest.  Extremes are not unknown though.  The summer of 2006 was the hottest on record for ages.  On the other hand rare freezing spells tend to bring the country to a grinding halt and even a sprinkling of snow will make the roads less manageable.

When is the best time to travel to the British Isles?


When should you plan your trip then?  It all depends on your interests. Weather wise, outdoor fun is only for the hardiest from mid-November to February.  Otherwise you could really pick any time to tour, with substantial savings to be had outside the tourist season.  The tourist season generally runs from Easter to the October Bank Holiday, outside these times some attractions as well as accommodations might be closed.  Check carefully when planning your trip to Ireland & the U.K. outside the tourist season (even though the peace and quiet even at major attractions can be rewarding.)  High Season – July and August are the traditional months for those to take their
vacation and the roads, attractions and accommodations can be crowded.  This would be the only sensible time to enjoy a swim in the ocean. Read more about the seasons and when is the best time to travel to Ireland & the U.K. here.

What should I pack for a trip to Ireland & the U.K.?

Trips to Ireland

The secret of coping with the weather in the British Isles lies in taking the correct clothing.  You should prepare for moderately mild weather at all time and be able to supplement basic dress with a warm sweater, coat, and/or rainproof top.  A hat/rain jacket is a good idea, an umbrella may not always be the best when it gets windy and you’re strolling in crowds.  Be careful on sunny days especially on the beaches, the breeze can cool you while the sun still burns your skin.  Take sensible footwear, most rural attractions and even some urban areas are best described as “rugged terrain” and the ground is bound to be wet occasionally.  Dress around the British Isles and in the pubs is very casual.  See more about our suggested packing lists here!


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