The warmest place in Britain is a small island called Jersey. It is located next to the French coast amidst the waters of the English Channel. The island whose area is only 116 square kilometers is located more than 140 kilometers from the southern shores of England. The warm waters of the Atlantic have a very strong influence on local climate. Similar to the other parts of Britain, the warm Gulf Stream brings unusually warm weather and regular rainfall. Jersey, however, enjoys a more favourable location in comparison with the rest of Britain.
The island which is located near the shores of Normandy has a temperate climate with strongly pronounced oceanic features. In the coldest moth (January) temperatures reach around 8 – 9°C during the day and about 4 – 5°C in the night.
This is approximately one – two degrees more than the maximum annual temperatures in southern England. January is virtually the only month in Jersey, when daytime temperatures fall below 10°C.
Although it is located south of the UK, Jersey does not know heat. Here, the hottest months of the year are respectively July (around 21°C) and August (around 22°C).
However thermometers often show more than 24 – 25°C. At the height of summer the nights are not very cool and temperatures remain around 14 to 15°C.
The climate of Jersey can be described as mild and wet. Due to higher than normal average temperatures, here grow many flowers and plants that are essentially typical for this part of the world.
Quite unusual for these latitudes is that here quite successfully grow subtropical palm species, which are generally quite pretentious to the weather conditions and can not survive in conditions of significant cooling.
July and August are good time for swimming. These months can boast with plenty of pleasant days for this purpose. In the second half of August, seawater is warmed to about 18 – 20°C, making it suitable for swimming.
Although the climate of Jersey is humid, rainfalls on the island are moderate and rarely go out of the norm. They reach their maximum in October, November and December (up to 120 mm per month).
Driest are the months in late spring and early summer (May to July). During these months fall to about 40 mm of rain.
In addition, we can say that Jersey is not only the warmest place in Britain, but probably the warmest place on this latitude in the world.
Despite its northern location, Jersey is rarely covered with snow. However, it is sometimes possible temperatures to fall around or below freezing and then can accumulate to about several inches snow.