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Best time to visit York, England

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The best time to visit York is April-June

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit York? Look no further! April-June is the best time to go to York due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

In the summer months, temperatures tend to get to a maximum of around 22℃ (71℉). In the winter months, it can get down to as low as -1℃ (30℉) at night.

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting York, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. To stay dry, avoid travelling to York in December – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Continue reading to find out more about when to visit York, including the climate, seasonal info, what to pack, FAQs, and the best tools to help you plan and book your next vacation.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

April

Most daylight

July

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York seasons

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

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

Average temperatures in York

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 York 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.

York 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 York 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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FEB
MAR
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MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

York in January

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average high temperature: 5℃ (42℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 45mm (2") over 17 days
  • Average snow days: 5 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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


York in February

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average high temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 49mm (2") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 5 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


York in March

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 53mm (2") over 15 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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


York in April

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 14 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


York in May

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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


York in June

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 44mm (2") over 17 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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


York in July

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (65℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 48mm (2") over 20 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to York in July, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


York in August

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 52mm (2") over 21 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to York in August, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


York in September

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (54℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 41mm (2") over 15 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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

York in October

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 88%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 49mm (2") over 17 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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


York in November

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (44℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 89%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 58mm (2") over 20 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

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


York in December

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average high temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 66mm (3") over 19 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to York 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 York is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 19℃ (65℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in York 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 York is generally around December, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of December too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting York, 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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