This report describes the typical weather at the Kent International Airport (Canterbury, United Kingdom) weather station over the course of an average year. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Canterbury has a mild humid temperate climate with warm summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (74%), croplands (23%), and built-up areas (2%).
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 36Â°F to 71Â°F and is rarely below 28Â°F or above 78Â°F.
The warm season lasts from June 21 to September 11 with an average daily high temperature above 66Â°F. The hottest day of the year is August 6, with an average high of 71Â°F and low of 57Â°F.
The cold season lasts from November 19 to March 20 with an average daily high temperature below 50Â°F. The coldest day of the year is February 10, with an average low of 36Â°F and high of 44Â°F.
The length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 7:53 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 16:36 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 4:37am on June 14 and the latest sunset is at 9:16pm on June 27. The latest sunrise is at 8:00am on December 31 and the earliest sunset is at 3:46pm on December 11.
Daylight savings time (DST) is observed in this location during 2012, starting in the spring on March 25 and ending in the fall on October 28.
The median cloud cover ranges from 63% (partly cloudy) to 89% (mostly cloudy). The sky is cloudiest on January 9 and clearest on August 14. The clearer part of the year begins around April 19. The cloudier part of the year begins around October 7.
On August 14, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 50% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.
On January 9, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 62% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 18% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around December 30, occurring in 62% of days. Precipitation is least likely around August 11, occurring in 47% of days.
Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain and light rain.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 66% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around November 17, when it is observed during 42% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 11% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around January 23, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
During the warm season, which lasts from June 21 to September 11, there is a 49% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of moderate rain (66% of days with precipitation have at worst moderate rain), thunderstorms (15%), light rain (11%), and drizzle (5%).
During the cold season, which lasts from November 19 to March 20, there is a 60% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of moderate rain (63% of days with precipitation have at worst moderate rain), light rain (11%), moderate snow (9%), and drizzle (9%).
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around February 2, occurring in 10% of days. The season in which it is relatively likely for snow to fall spans from November 27 to April 4.
During peak snow season, accumulation at this location on a given day is very unlikely. The chances of there being snow on the ground are highest around February 15, occurring 9% of the time.
The snow is typically at its deepest on March 17, with a median depth of 13.5"; the depth exceeds 16.2" only one year out of ten.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 56% (mildly humid) to 96% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 42% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around July 27, at which time the relative humidity drops below 64% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around December 21, exceeding 94% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a year, the dew point typically varies from 31Â°F (dry) to 60Â°F (comfortable) and is rarely below 22Â°F (dry) or above 64Â°F (mildy humid).
The time of the year between May 16 and October 27 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of the year typical wind speeds vary from 4 mph to 20 mph (light breeze to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 32 mph (high wind).
The highest average wind speed of 14 mph (moderate breeze) occurs around January 11, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 20 mph (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around August 9, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).