The sunniest place in the UK and other amazing weather facts

The sunniest place in the UK and other amazing weather facts
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Slide 3 of 32: It may not come as a huge surprise to learn the snowiest place in the UK is Scotland. But it may shock you to discover the snow or sleet here falls on a massive 38.1 days on average per year. That's more than a month's worth!

Slide 4 of 32: During the harsh winter of 1946-47, cold spells triggered large amounts of snow across the UK. The deepest snow recorded in an inhabited area measured with a level snow depth of 5ft 4in (1.65m) near Ruthin in North Wales in March 1947.

Slide 5 of 32: Britain’s longest icicle on record was discovered on a bridge over the River Spey in Grantown, Inverness-shire in Scotland, and measured a spectacular 26ft 10in (8.2m). The huge icicle was thought to have been caused by water from a leaking pipe freezing on the bridge.

Slide 6 of 32: Cornwall on England's southwest coast is the area least likely to receive snowfall, with an average of just 7.4 days of snow or sleet falling there per year.

Slide 7 of 32: A fatal avalanche struck Britain after the bad winter of 1836-37 triggered harsh snowstorms and freezing temperatures to chill parts of the country. On 27 December 1836 in Lewes, a snow drift caused a huge build-up of snow to form on a cliff overlooking the town. The snow broke free and completely destroyed a row of cottages at the bottom of the hill, killing at least eight people while seven had to be rescued. The Snowdrop Inn (pictured) now stands on the site of the avalanche, named to commemorate the tragedy. 

Slide 8 of 32: Thunderstorms in the UK are usually most common in the East Midlands, East Anglia and the southeast. These areas are also the warmest parts of the UK during summer, which means that they also have the highest available heat energy.

Slide 9 of 32: As the season shifts from spring to autumn, falling temperatures cause the chemical that makes leaves green (chlorophyll), to break down. The other chemicals in the leaves (such as carotene) remain which gives the leaves the pretty autumn colours we all love. The leaves are most vibrant when a dry summer is followed by dry, sunny and cold autumn nights. Cooler air at night and sunshine (without being freezing) in the day is when the autumn colours will really pop.

Slide 10 of 32: Shetland in the Northern Isles of Scotland is the windiest place in the UK, with an average wind speed of 14.7 knots, nearly 17mph (27kmh). The dramatic, rugged coast attracts visitors with its adorable puffin colonies, but it's best not to go in January, where winds can reach a speed of 23.4mph (37.8kmh). See more of the windiest places on Earth here.

Slide 11 of 32: London’s foggy weather has been the inspiration of many artists, including French Impressionist Claude Monet. The artist made several trips to the city throughout his life, painting almost 100 views of the River Thames. Monet famously said: “Without fog London would not be a beautiful city.”

Slide 12 of 32: The harsh British weather was a huge factor in the Great Fire of London spreading so quickly in 1666. The fire, which started after a long hot summer, quickly grew after strong easterly winds made the fire easily spread between London's tightly packed streets. It was only when winds dropped on the third night of the fires that the amateur firefighters were able to get the flames under control and finally extinguish the fire after five days of burning.

Slide 13 of 32: Britain’s strongest gust speed ever recorded was a staggering 150.3 knots (173mph/278kmh) on 20 March 1986, right on the summit of Cairngorm in Scotland.
Slide 14 of 32: Storms are typically named by the Met Office when they have the potential to cause an amber or red alert warning. Since starting their ‘Name Our Storms’ initiative in 2015, names are now suggested by the public and the most popular make up a list of storms for the year to come. The system is the same as the National Hurricane Center in the US, which starts at the beginning of the alphabet and makes its way down the list, not including Q, U, X, Y, and Z, and names related to politicians and the British royal family are usually avoided.