Leeds weather is classified as Oceanic and is characteristically similar in patterns to that usually associated with the British Isles. Weather in Leeds is mainly influenced by the city’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean while the Pennines (which are low rising mountain ranges situated in Northern London that often protect the city from winds blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean) also leaving their mark on its conditions. Often unpredictable and similar to English conditions, Leeds weather enjoys an abundant of splendid sunny days, although overcast conditions are usually the norm. Often murky mornings
will develop into a sunny day with high temperatures.
Weather in Leeds during springtime (March through to May) is characterized by fairly mild but wet and windy days. Spring is considered to be one of the best times to visit Leeds, when the trees and gardens are beginning to bloom, the daffodils being a special treat for the eyes. Heavy showers can occur during the end of spring and early summer.
Leeds weather during the summer season is characterized by mild but sometimes hot conditions, extremely sunny days with daily average temperatures reaching a high of 19.9°C. The summer begins in June and lasts right through to September, with July and August being the warmest months. Although a quite rare phenomenon, temperatures in summer do occasionally have the tendency to soar to 30°C or even higher.
Leeds weather during the long winter season (November, December, and January) is predominantly damp with sunny, clear days regularly intercepting normal patterns. The coldest month in Leeds is February with daily average temperatures dropping to a low 0.2°C. Leeds weather is colder during the winter months and warm clothing is a must, especially considering temperatures have on occasion plummeted to -5°C. The months with the majority of precipitation are December through to February, the city on average enjoying 660 mm or 147 days of rainfall annually. Snowfall is not uncommon but cool frosty days are more likely to occur during winter. As recent as 3rd December 2010 temperatures were recorded as dropping to -15°C.
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Leeds weather is typically English. In other words Leeds weather is largely temperate maritime, with a tendency to jump from one pattern to another with the same ease and unpredictability a chameleon changes its colours; gloriously winter sunny days often vying for supremacy against a backdrop of damp and overcast conditions, while in winter the prevailing numbing cold often intercepted by spells of fine weather.
Weather in Leeds is also characterised by its four easily distinguishable seasons and the copious - and almost evenly distributed throughout the year – amounts of rainfall it receives. However as Leeds is situated at the feet of the low lying Pennines mountain range its annual rainfall is considerably less than most British cities.
As a result of the city’s northerly position, Leeds weather in the winter season is predominantly cold, dark and wet. Average daily temperatures tend to hover between the 1°C to 3°C bracket, and heavy frost can occur throughout January and February. The city’s rainfall reaches its peak during January, tending to drop considerably in February, and spells of sunny, clear weather – although infrequent – are certainly not uncommon. Leeds weather is at its coldest during the winter months, and snowfall is often experienced.
As spring rolls in, temperatures begin to rise, rainfall is on the decrease and the sun makes increasingly more frequent appearances over the city. The city’s numerous parks and gardens wake up from their slumber as trees and flowers begin to bloom adding to the already increasing overall pleasantness of Leeds. Although some days wet and windy conditions prevail, average temperatures rise to 7°C in March, 10°C in April and 13°C in May.
During summer, fine weather and mild, pleasant temperatures dominate patterns. During its height, summer sees temperatures reach peaks of 25°C, but averages remain around 18°C. While a few days of the season experience rainfall, showers tend to be brief. Autumn experiences conditions similar to spring’s.
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