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Essex Weather climate

Jan 7th 2015 at 3:07 AM

Essex is located in the latitude of South-Westerly winds, where depressions and their linked bands of cloud and rain move Eastwards across the United Kingdom, mainly bringing plenty of agitated weather to Essex across the autumn months.


The air streams that come with the depressions usually are created in either very warm or very cold regions. However by the time they reach the United Kingdom their insane temperatures have been changed by the seas and oceans that they travel over. As a result, summers in Essex are typically cooler than neighbouring countries in Europe; however the winters are much milder.


At times, large, stagnant anticyclones are created near the United Kingdom and they’ll block the depressions. These anticyclones are particularly common in spring, but can happen in all seasons and can stay for several weeks and completely shift the character of the weather.

During the summer months, the blocking anticyclones usually bring a long spell of very warm or hot weather to the county. During winter, dry weather succeeds in anticyclones, but during cloudless nights the temperature will fall away and won’t recover the following day due to weak sunshine or heavy patches of fog. If a winter anticyclone sits to the North or North-East of the UK, then Easterly winds can attract very cold air from the continent into Essex for a long period.


Snow will usually fall anywhere between November and April, although sleep and wet slow can occasionally occur in late October. Snow will rarely lie before December or after March.

The days with snow lying is less than the number of days with snow falling since when this occurs, the temperature of the ground remains above freezing point with the result that the snow doesn’t lie for very long.


Thunderstorms can happen at any time of the year, but the largest chance of them occurring is between May and September. In the summer months, groups of thunderstorms usually push up from Northern France during the evening hours which bring amazing lightning displays to many part of Essex. One thunderstorm even delivered 115mm of rainfall in just two hours on August 1st 1888 in Romford.


Due to the different length of days from winter to summer, the amount of sunshine shows a marked seasonal variation. Because of this, on average December is the month with the least sunshine and June is the sunniest.

Strong winds

The strongest winds that usually occur in Essex are to do with the passage of depressions across or close to both England and Wales.


Air temperatures will differ on a daily, seasonal and geographical basis. On a daily basis, the temperature is usually lower at night than by day, as the minimum temperature will normally occur shortly after sunrise and the maximum temperature usually two-three hours after midday. February (on average) is the coldest month whereas August is the warmest. It’s in the lower temperatures that heating really come in handy, if you’re looking for underfloor heating engineers Essex.

In February, the coldest districts are Uttlesford and Braintree. In August, the warmest districts are those bordering London (Brentwood, Thurrock and Epping Forest.


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