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Best time to visit the Cotswolds, England

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The best time to visit The Cotswolds is May-June

Want to know when to travel to The Cotswolds? Based on criteria such as the weather, cost of flights and hotels, and peak travel periods, May-June is the best time to go to The Cotswolds. Don’t just take our word for it though… We’ve put together loads of information below to help you decide, such as a monthly breakdown of the weather, what to pack, when to fly, and much more.

In summer, the average maximum temperature is around 21℃ (69℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 24℃ (75℉) on the hottest days of the year. In the colder months such as January, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of 1℃ (35℉).

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting The Cotswolds, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. On average it rains the most days in November, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Continue reading to find out loads more about when to travel to The Cotswolds, then use the handy tools below to search for the best flight and hotel options that are right for you.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

April

Most daylight

July

The Cotswolds seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in The Cotswolds as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. The Cotswolds is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in The Cotswolds

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in The Cotswolds for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

The Cotswolds climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in The Cotswolds for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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DEC

The Cotswolds in January

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average high temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 18mm (1") over 12 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


The Cotswolds in February

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average high temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 88%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 4 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


The Cotswolds in March

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 15mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


The Cotswolds in April

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 13 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


The Cotswolds in May

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (44℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 13 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


The Cotswolds in June

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 12 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in June, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


The Cotswolds in July

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 15 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in July, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


The Cotswolds in August

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 14 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in August, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


The Cotswolds in September

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 16mm (1") over 10 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in September, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.

The Cotswolds in October

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 25mm (1") over 10 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


The Cotswolds in November

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 13 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


The Cotswolds in December

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 91%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 12 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Cotswolds in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in The Cotswolds is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 21℃ (69℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in The Cotswolds is generally around April. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in April first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in The Cotswolds is generally around November, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of November too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting The Cotswolds, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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