Average Weather in Canterbury United Kingdom
In Canterbury, the summers are short and comfortable, the winters are long and chilly, and it is windy and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 36°F to 71°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 78°F.
The warm season lasts for 2.8 months, from June 19 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 66°F. The hottest day of the year is August 6, with an average high of 71°F and low of 57°F.
The cool season lasts for 4.0 months, from November 19 to March 20, with an average daily high temperature below 50°F. The coldest day of the year is February 7, with an average low of 36°F and high of 45°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Canterbury, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Canterbury begins around April 1 and lasts for 6.4 months, ending around October 12. On July 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 59% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 41% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 12 and lasts for 5.6 months, ending around April 1. On December 30, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 66% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 34% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Canterbury varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.3 months, from September 23 to January 31, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 33% on October 14.
The drier season lasts 7.8 months, from January 31 to September 23. The smallest chance of a wet day is 19% on April 26.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 33% on October 14.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Canterbury experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Canterbury. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 22, with an average total accumulation of 2.3 inches.
The least rain falls around March 13, with an average total accumulation of 1.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Canterbury varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 52 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 16 hours, 36 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:39 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 21 minutes later at 8:00 AM on December 30. The earliest sunset is at 3:47 PM on December 12, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 28 minutes later at 9:15 PM on June 25.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Canterbury during 2017, starting in the spring on March 26, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 29.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The perceived humidity level in Canterbury, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Canterbury experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from October 6 to March 19, with average wind speeds of more than 7.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.6 months, from March 19 to October 6. The calmest day of the year is July 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Canterbury varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 3.7 weeks, from April 16 to May 12, with a peak percentage of 28% on April 27. The wind is most often from the west for 11 months, from May 12 to April 16, with a peak percentage of 41% on January 1.
Canterbury is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.2 months, from July 5 to October 11, with an average temperature above 60°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 21, with an average temperature of 64°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.7 months, from December 28 to April 20, with an average temperature below 48°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 24, with an average temperature of 44°F.
Average Water Temperature
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from May 1 to August 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 28, with an average of 6.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from October 26 to February 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 27, with an average of 0.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Canterbury are 51.279 deg latitude, 1.080 deg longitude, and 161 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Canterbury contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 266 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 127 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (643 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (961 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Canterbury is covered by artificial surfaces (48%), cropland (23%), grassland (19%), and trees (11%), within 10 miles by cropland (49%) and grassland (18%), and within 50 miles by water (54%) and cropland (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Canterbury, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Canterbury.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Canterbury according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Canterbury is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Canterbury and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Kent International Airport (71%, 19 kilometers, northeast); London Southend Airport (22%, 42 kilometers, northwest); and Le Touquet – Côte d'Opale Airport (7%, 93 kilometers, southeast).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.