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About United Kingdom
The United Kingdom, consisting of Great Britain (England,  Wales,  and Scotland ) and Northern Ireland, is twice the size of New York State. England, in the southeast part of the British Isles, is separated from Scotland on the north by the granite Cheviot Hills from them the Pennine chain of uplands extends south through the center of England, reaching its highest point in the Lake District in the northwest.
To the west along the border of Wales—a land of steep hills and valleys—are the Cambrian Mountains, while the Cotswolds, a range of hills in Gloucestershire, extend into the surrounding shires.
Throughout history, many different races and cultures have had an influence on the UK and consequently played a role in creating the diverse society we live in today.
Germanic tribes such as the Angles and Saxons, the Romans, Scandinavian Vikings and the Normans all invaded and settled in the UK a thousand years or more ago.
More recently, large numbers of South Asians, Africans, West Indians, Australians, South Africans and others have come to live in the UK's towns and cities.
Culture and Heritage
The UK has an extraordinarily rich and diverse artistic heritage, with British poets, playwrights, musicians, sculptors, painters and filmmakers enjoyed and admired all over the world.
The UK's contribution to the visual arts is immense and there are treats to be found around the country, from striking architecture to paintings, ceramics and sculptures which can be found in our many art galleries and museums.
The performing arts are also thriving. Music, theatre, filmmaking, dance and opera are all performed enthusiastically in theatres, concert halls and studios all over the country every night of the year.
The richness of our cultural life is largely down to our diverse history. For many 100s of years different races and cultures have had an influence on the UK and consequently played a role in creating the society we live in today.
There is much to see and enjoy, from the history of the Royal Family to the striking skyscrapers of the City of London, from Guy Fawkes night celebrations to Hadrian's Wall on England's northern borders.
Weather in UK
The UK has a temperate climate, with lows in the winter of up to -10°C and highs of up to 30°C in the summer. Although the UK is not large, the weather does differ slightly between the north, south, east and west. Scotland and Northern England tend to have slightly cooler temperatures and are quite likely to see some heavy snow in the winter months. In contrast, the south of England experiences warmer temperatures and is unlikely to see more than a few flakes of snow in the winter. The west of England and Wales tends to see slightly higher rainfall than the east.
The UK rarely sees extreme weather although there have been incidents of storms and gales in autumn and more recently a problem with flooding.
The average temperatures listed below are based on those from England.
Early spring is unpredictable and can bring either snow or warm weather. Temperatures for March (in England) average 9.3°C and rainfall averages 66.5mm. By the end of spring in May, the temperature average is 15.4°C. The amount of daylight increases at the end of March when British summertime officially starts. The clocks are put forward for one hour, giving darker mornings but longer daylight in the evenings.
The summer months of June, July and August are the hottest but not necessarily the driest. The average August temperature is 69°C with an average rainfall of 66.7mm. There is more chance of seeing sunshine during the summer months due to Britain's northerly latitude. In Scotland for example, there is sunlight for 18 hours on midsummers day.
September is the start of autumn, temperatures start to drop and rainfall increases. By the end of September the leaves are falling from the trees and the summer is well and truly over. In November, the maximum average temperature is 9.5°C with an average rainfall of 83.5mm.
Winter in England is generally mild with temperatures generally staying above freezing. Scotland and northern England get the coldest weather and sometimes heavy snow. The maximum average temperature in January is 1.1°C with an average rainfall of 84.2mm. Daily sunshine during winter averages 1 to 2 hours due to frequent fog and low cloud. Daylight hours are also reduced as the clocks go back 1 hour at the end of October. This results in the sun setting as early as 4pm.
Whatever time of year you visit, remember that it will probably rain. On the occasions when the sun does appear, don't forget to use sunscreen. A strong breeze can make the sun seem cooler than it is and it's very easy to get sunburnt.
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