Not Just Fog And Rains

By Karen Lee

(Admissions Consultant at The Edge Learning Center)

As the famous Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem goes, “Into each life some rain must fall”. This is especially true for those living in the UK. The country has a reputation for its miserable and rainy weather – from day to day, season to season, year to year and place to place.

Ever wondered why it rains so much in the UK?

The variability of the UK weather has a lot to do with its geographical siting. The country is located in the mid-latitudes where cold air from the poles meets warm air from the tropics, with the Atlantic on one side and the large landmass of continental Europe on the other. The dominating warm moist westerly winds mean that the western part of England and Scotland are more likely to receive rainfall than other parts of the UK.

The result? The rain doesn’t come all in one season – it can come at any time of year and on any given day, so make sure you have your brolly and welly!


But it isn’t all doom and gloom!

It might take you by surprise, but London actually doesn’t attract as much downpour as you might think. On average, London rains for just over 106 days of the year, which is lower than New York City (122 days) and Miami (135 days).

In fact, certain parts of the country do have more pleasant and blessed weather; This is particularly true for the Southeast region. Here are my top-ranked places in the UK, each with an unique charm and character:


Just about an hour from London, Brighton is famous not only for its seaside where one can walk along the promenade and enjoy some fish & chips but also for having one of the most sought-after boarding schools in the country – The Brighton College. Accordingly to the school’s statistic, 1 in 5 students receives offers from Cambridge or Oxford every year.



Often described as a city in a countryside, many people fall in love with Bristol for its wonderful variety of historical and artistic offerings. From St Mary Redcliffe Church to Banksy Graffiti, the city is sure to please. The University of Bristol, a world-class, research-intensive university and a member of the Russell Group, makes it a popular destination for students from all over the world.


Cambridge is filled with historical architectures and green, and you’ll feel immersed in a rich cultural ambience the moment you get there. Punting along the River Cam (or hire a student to do the hard work for you while you sit back and relax) is a great way to explore the city, but perhaps the greatest joy for me comes from the intellectual challenges at Cambridge University. The inspiring experience is one of a kind, it really is.


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