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Weather in England

Weather in England is usually less dramatic than it is in the United States, but it is nonetheless a favorite topic of conversation. While the temperature in the winter time does not dip too far below -10 Celsius or 14 F, the cold can be a penetrating cold, since there tends to be quite a bit of rain in the winter. Nonetheless, weather in England, even in the winter, is usually pleasant enough for bike riding, which is still a favorite form of transportation. Given the weather in England, there is not always a lot of snow in the winter, and there is hardly ever a blizzard.

When there are extremities and quick changes in weather in England it is due to the struggle between the warm tropical air rising from the South and the polar air descending from the north. This can account for the extremes in weather in England when the seasons are changing, such as in early winter or early spring, when the conflict between cold and warm air can cause sudden thunderstorms.

While global climate change has had its effect and winters have been milder, it is still rare for the weather in England to become unbearably hot in summer. While a record was set at 101 F in 2006, usually the temperature does not go above 95 F in the summer. There is abundant rain in summer as well as the winter, which accounts for the brilliant green color of the grass in England. The weather in England makes gardening a pleasure, since the general lack of extremes in temperature and the copious precipitation is good for many varieties of plants, trees and flowers.

“London Fog” was once erroneously attributed to the weather in England, but since the Clean Air Act that was passed in the 50s, it has now become obvious that the so-called “fog” was actually smog and pollution emitted by London's many factories and smokestacks. The absence of such a fog today demonstrates the positive effect of environmental legislation.