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Norfolk Weather



Norfolk is located in the east of England, and as the prevailing winds in the UK are mainly from the west, this results in Norfolk on average being one of the driest and sunniest areas in the UK, which makes it an ideal all year round holiday destination.

Norfolk is relatively flat and has a long curving coastline with predominantly offshore winds. It is not uncommon for the weather at the coast to be markedly different from that just a couple of miles inland, and it can change fairly quickly. As such it is always best to ensure you are using a localised and up to date weather forecast when planning your days out, and take a brolley!

Again due to the easterly location and the proximity of the North Sea, snowfall is quite rare in Norfolk. However heavy snowfall in winter is possible so please do take care when embarking on winter outdoor pursuits and check the forecast.

In early summer, it is not unknown for an early morning ‘sea fret' (light mist), to roll in from the North Sea and affect the coast and several miles inland. However this usually does not last too long and is burnt off by the sun above by mid-morning, but do take care in the reduced visibility when driving and boating.


The mean annual temperature for Norfolk is between 9 °C and 10.5 °C. Mean daily maximum temperatures range from 5 °C to 8 °C during the winter months and from 19 °C to 22.5 °C in the summer months. However it is quite possible to experience temperatures considerably higher and lower than these, so again keep your eye on the forecast.


It is usual for December to be the month with the lowest number of hour's sunshine at circa 1.3 hours and July to have the highest hours of sunshine at circa 6.8 hours. Although during the summer months of May to August it is not uncommon to experience glorious sunny days with 10, 12 and even 14 hours of sunshine.


Rainfall in Norfolk can generally be classed as low. Across most of the region there are, on average, about 30 rain days (rainfall greater than 1 mm) in winter (December to February) and less than 25 days in summer (June to August). As with weather throughout the UK it can change quite quickly so do as most Brits do and always take a light rain coat or umbrella in case of a sudden shower.


In general Norfolk sees very little snow, with on average the number of days per annum with snowfall between 20 to 30 days. If snow does fall it would usually only be in the winter months (November to February), and it is quite rare for snow to stay for very long. On average the number of days with lying snow on the ground is between approximately 7 to 20 days. It is very rare in general to get experience accumulations of snow deeper then 15 cm.


Being in the east, Norfolk is quite sheltered area of the UK. The prevailing wind direction is from the west, although during spring there are often winds coming from the north east, caused by high pressure building up over Scandinavia. Average monthly wind speeds vary typically from 12 knots in the summer months to 21 knots in the winter months.

On the Norfolk coast sea breezes have a more significant effect on the weather, especially during late spring and summer months. These breezes caused by the land heating up, tend to be onshore and as they progress inland bring a fall in temperature.