UK weather in February 2023

Read our complete guide to the weather in the UK in February.

  • 7°C maximum daytime temperature in February in UK (London)7
    7°C max day temperature
  • 2 hours of sunshine per day
  • 12 days with some rainfall in February in UK (London)12
    12 days with some rainfall
  • 2°C minimum night-time temperature in February in UK (London)2
    2°C min night temperature
  • 10 hours of daylight per day in February in UK (London)10
    10 hours of daylight per day
  • No heat & humidity in February in UK (London)0
    No heat & humidity
  • 37 mm monthly rainfall in February in UK (London)37
    37 mm of monthly rainfall
  • UV (maximum) index 1 (Low) in February in UK (London)1
    1 (Low) UV index

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Top 10 UK places to go in February

By February, the weather in the UK is on the cusp of thinking about spring. Days are marginally longer and brighter, making a staycation more than plausible. Here, we've handpicked a selection of mainly southern seaside destinations that offer a mix of increased daylight and plenty of things to do for all the family.

  1. Eastbourne, East Sussex
  2. Padstow, Cornwall
  3. Bournemouth, Dorset
  4. Camber Sands, East Sussex
  5. Folkestone, Kent
  6. Margate, Kent
  7. Gower Peninsula, South Wales
  8. New Forest, Hampshire
  9. Torquay, Devon
  10. Lyme Regis, Jurassic Coast
Winter sunshine on the white cliffs of Seven Sisters © James Gardner - Wikimedia Commons
Winter sunshine on the white cliffs of Seven Sisters © James Gardner - Wikimedia Commons

1. Eastbourne, East Sussex, England

As the lively events' calendar proves, the seaside resort of Eastbourne is not just for summer. From romantic inspiration for Valentine's Day to exhibitions and shows, there's something going on here all year round.

A great place to start is at the colourful and contemporary Towner Eastbourne art gallery. From here, a visit to The Art House café for a reviving coffee, or even creative art class, is highly recommended.

History aficionados will want to walk atop the defensive wall of Eastbourne Redoubt, a Napoleonic-era fortress that also played its part in WWI and WWII.

Following this, take a stroll along the town's beloved Blue Plaque Heritage Trail, which highlights where many greats, from Sir Ernest Shackleton to Lewis Carroll, once visited or lived.

Hiking boots at the ready for a trip to Pevensey Levels National Nature Reserve, the white cliffs of Seven Sisters Country Park and the striped lighthouse at Beachy Head.

You can also navigate on to the South Downs Way from Eastbourne, which offers 100 miles of walking and cycling routes.

Eastbourne in February

  • Usually 7°C maximum daytime temperature in Eastbourne in February7
    7°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 14 days with some rainfall in Eastbourne in February14
    14 days with some rainfall
  • 55 mm monthly rainfall in Eastbourne in February55
    55 mm monthly rainfall

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2. Padstow, Cornwall, England

Pretty Padstow has claimed fame as a seafoodie must, in no small part down to celebrity chef, Rick Stein, who is the proprietor of an award-winning restaurant here and has inspired many other creative chefs to follow suit.

And it's certainly well-placed for such endeavours, located as it is on the banks of the River Camel estuary on Cornwall's north coast. There's seafood for every budget, be it pots of mussels on the beach or lobster bisque served in the finest bone china.

But first, to earn your memorable feast: the 17-mile long Camel Trail is a cycle route along a disused railway that connects Padstow with neighbouring Wadebridge, making it a fabulous day out for all the family.

There's also the South West Coast Path, which handily winds its way through the town making it nice and accessible. Traverse the dramatic clifftop to lighthouse at Trevose Head* before striking out along the headland at Pentire* to truly blow away the cobwebs.

Medieval Tintagel Castle* is another excellent day trip option from Padstow.

Padstow, which is a postcard-perfect mix of colourful houses flowing down to a busy harbour, is also well-stocked with chic indy shops, coffee houses and, of course, the Padstow Brewing Co. where tours and tastings are the order of the day.

Padstow in February

  • Usually 8°C maximum daytime temperature in Padstow in February8
    8°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 16 days with some rainfall in Padstow in February16
    16 days with some rainfall
  • 80 mm monthly rainfall in Padstow in February80
    80 mm monthly rainfall

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3. Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Much like Eastbourne and Padstow, Bournemouth also guarantees to delight all year-round. While a wintry beach walk is always an option, there are so many other things to do both within and outwith the town.

When it comes to museums, don't miss the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, which houses an impressive private collection in a striking Italian style villa.

Nearby Christchurch is where you'll find the Red House Museum located in a once-upon-a-time Georgian workhouse that charts the evolution of the area from pre-Ice Age to modern-day. On the other side, Poole Museum shares stories of the town's maritime past - pirates included - from inside a Victorian warehouse.

Did you know that Bournemouth, renowned for its sandy beach, has more than 100 parks and public spaces, including 10 nature reserves such as Stour Valley Nature Reserve and four Sites of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI)?

Add to this its proximity to the New Forest National Park, Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Dorset AONB, and it's no wonder Bournemouth makes a great base for hikers, wildlife and nature lovers.

For the super hardy, there are even hire companies renting out gear for sea kayaking, paddle boarding and more, wetsuit very much included!

Bournemouth in February

  • Usually 8°C maximum daytime temperature in Bournemouth in February8
    8°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 13 days with some rainfall in Bournemouth in February13
    13 days with some rainfall
  • 62 mm monthly rainfall in Bournemouth in February62
    62 mm monthly rainfall

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4. Camber Sands, East Sussex, England

A break to the seaside may not be your first thought when planning an escape in February but don't discount it.

Wrap up well, don walking shoes, a pair of binoculars and you may well be pleasantly surprised by the show that nature puts on at this time of year. From vibrant sunsets to flocks of migrating geese overhead, Camber Sands has plenty to offer.

Nearby Rye has all the cosy pubs and pretty winding streets you could possibly want while the likes of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, home to Camber Castle* and Dungeness Nature Reserve make for excellent bird-watching.

The High Weald AONB is a vast expanse made for walkers and you're close to the start of the southeast stretch of the England Coast Path here, too.

Culture vultures will have plenty to see at the likes of the moated 14th-century Bodiam Castle* and the Georgian residence of Lamb House* in Rye.

Further west, one of Britain's most important historic sites can be visited at the 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield* before popping into its namesake, pretty Hastings, for a cuppa and a slice of cake.

You can delve deeper into the history of this region at the informative Bexhill Museum, which covers everything from art and natural history to a detailed exhibition on Bexhill during WWII.

Be sure to check out Pontins Camber Sands* if you're looking for an activity-packed, family-friendly place to stay.

Camber Sands in February

  • Usually 7°C maximum daytime temperature in Camber Sands in February7
    7°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 15 days with some rainfall in Camber Sands in February15
    15 days with some rainfall
  • 49 mm monthly rainfall in Camber Sands in February49
    49 mm monthly rainfall

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5. Folkestone, Kent, England

Friendly Folkestone makes for a wonderful short break. Much like Camber Sands, it's well located for day trips to the likes of wild Dungeness as well as Dover Castle*, trendy Deal, the Kent Downs AONB and the southeast section of the English Coast Path.

You can even take a ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

However, you needn't go far when there's so much going on within Folkestone itself. The port town has developed a thriving creative scene and the town is dotted with artwork such as Holiday Home, which bobs in the harbour.

Download a walking route map to tick off as many artworks as possible from the likes of Tracey Emin, Yoko Ono, Anthony Gormley and countless local creatives.

The cobbled Creative Quarter is where you'll find an eclectic mix of indy galleries and shops selling all manner of tempting prints, gifts and stylish knick-knacks. It's also where many of the best bars and eateries live, such as Space Bar & Kitchen .

Grab a pot of mussels from popular Chummys seafood stall before heading out along Folkestone Harbour Arm where street food is doled out from various vendors.

Do visit the disused Folkestone Harbour Railway Station here to discover all about the town's strategic uses throughout history via the informative outdoor boards.

Carry on along the beach and you can walk all the way to neighbouring Hythe, through the Lower Leas Coastal Park and past brightly colour-coordinated beach huts. Make a beeline for The Lift Cafe, at the base of the old funicular; a must for any cheese toastie lover.

Folkestone in February

  • Usually 6°C maximum daytime temperature in Folkestone in February6
    6°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 13 days with some rainfall in Folkestone in February13
    13 days with some rainfall
  • 53 mm monthly rainfall in Folkestone in February53
    53 mm monthly rainfall

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6. Margate, Kent, England

Margate is increasingly attracting people keen to experience this retro-chic seaside resort that's gone from heyday to hard times and is rebounding with gusto.

While the summer months are all about the soft sandy beach, winter allows you to discover what else Margate has to offer, such as the Turner Contemporary.

Then there are the subterranean adventures found at the weirdly wonderful Shell Grotto and Margate Caves, a former late 17th-century chalk mine turned museum.

Sunset on Margate Beach © SearchingforSatori - Adobe Stock Image
Sunset on Margate Beach © SearchingforSatori - Adobe Stock Image

It's also full of tasty places to dine, from Italian delicacies found at Bottega Caruso and fish specials at Angela's to creative cuisine with a view at Sargasso on the harbour arm.

The Old Kent Market is a good place to hunker down from any wintry showers while The Margate Bookshop and Artisans & Adventures will have you willingly parting with your cash in no time.

Allow time for a tipple or two at the likes of The Lifeboat, Harbour Arm Micropub and The Rose in June, just some of the many delectable places you can kick back, drink in hand, here.

If you're after some exercise, hire bikes to tackle sections of The Viking Coastal Trail and be sure to call by Reculver Towers* to see the type of sunset that so tantalised Turner.

Other places of interest include neighbouring towns such as Broadstairs and Ramsgate or take the train to Canterbury for the day.

Margate in February

  • Usually 7°C maximum daytime temperature in Margate in February7
    7°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 13 days with some rainfall in Margate in February13
    13 days with some rainfall
  • 35 mm monthly rainfall in Margate in February35
    35 mm monthly rainfall

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7. Gower Peninsula, South Wales

If nature, wildlife and exploring the great outdoors are must-haves for your UK break, then the Gower Peninsula in South Wales is for you.

This exceptional AONB is home to a long stretch of rugged coastline sprinkled with sandy beaches, backed by a wild interior of wood and heathland, not to mention all manner of Instagram-worthy shots.

While swimming in award-winning Rhossili Bay may not be so tempting in February, there are plenty of other ways to get active on dry land at this time of year.

There are countless walking and cycling trails, such as The Gower Coast Path, part of the wider Wales Coast Path, which snakes its way around the perimeter of the peninsula.

There's also fresh-air and bird-spotting to be done at WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, a protected lagoon area just north of the Gower, and Whiteford National Nature Reserve, one of the quietest stretches of the Gower where a network of sand dunes unfurls before you.

The Gower is also part of the Heritage Coast, which boasts over a thousand archaeological sites from medieval castles and Iron Age forts to old mines. Be sure to call by the Gower Heritage Centre located within a working 12th-century water-powered flour mill, for more information and route planning tips.

Meanwhile, urban delights of Swansea are nearby as well as even more outdoor activities within the and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Gower Peninsula in February

  • Usually 7°C maximum daytime temperature in Gower Peninsula in February7
    7°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 15 days with some rainfall in Gower Peninsula in February15
    15 days with some rainfall
  • 86 mm monthly rainfall in Gower Peninsula in February86
    86 mm monthly rainfall

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8. New Forest, Hampshire, England

The New Forest is a thriving national park in southern England. It's a protected playground of marsh, wood, heath and moorland offering great biodiversity and a plethora of things to see, including the trademark, free-roaming New Forest ponies.

There are numerous towns in which you can base yourself, Brockenhurst being the largest while Lyndhurst is the defacto capital of the park.

Cultural draws include the New Forest Heritage Centre, Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum, the 16th-century artillery fortress of Hurst Castle* as well as the famed National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

Children will want to spend all day at Paultons Park, where Peppa Pig World* is the star attraction, while grown-ups might want to book a gin masterclass at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery.

Aside from these attractions, however, the real pull to the New Forest is the variety of activities that can be enjoyed in the fresh air. There are walking and cycling trails for all abilities and interests; the key is to pick the right one (or more) for you.

New Forest in February

  • Usually 7°C maximum daytime temperature in New Forest in February7
    7°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 13 days with some rainfall in New Forest in February13
    13 days with some rainfall
  • 58 mm monthly rainfall in New Forest in February58
    58 mm monthly rainfall

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9. Torquay, Devon, England

While Torquay hums with tourists keen to enjoy the warm climes of the English Riviera in summer, in winter it's the preserve of nature lovers and whodunnit fans.

The latter will want to make for nearby Greenway*, the much-loved holiday home of the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. Follow this up with a walk along the town's Agatha Christie Mile, which ticks off 12 relevant sights of interest related to the unsurpassable writer.

Meanwhile, coastal delights await those with sturdy walking shoes. The South West Coast Path, with its splendid sea views, meanders past many of the Blue Flag-winning beaches on either side of the town and has plenty of sections that can be achieved day-by-day.

Then there's Dartmoor National Park with its range of activities from rock climbing to biking, andExmouth*, which marks the western end of the Jurassic Coast.

History can be found at medieval Kirkham House* and The Torquay Museum, while slightly further afield, Bayard's Cove Fort* and Dartmouth Castle* provide ample stimulation for curious minds.

Torquay in February

  • Usually 8°C maximum daytime temperature in Torquay in February8
    8°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 15 days with some rainfall in Torquay in February15
    15 days with some rainfall
  • 105 mm monthly rainfall in Torquay in February105
    105 mm monthly rainfall

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10. Lyme Regis, Jurassic Coast, England

Popular Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast does an excellent job of combining the more traditional elements of a seaside escape with a distinctly modern twist.

Fossil-hunting remains a major pastime all year round along part of the Jurassic Coast. Lyme Regis embraces its heritage as the former residence of the renowned Georgian palaeontologist and fossil collector, Mary Anning, and there are many ways for novices and pros to get involved.

Lyme Regis Museum hosts guided fossil walks for newbies while Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is the place to go for one of the southwest's very best private collections. Monmouth Beach, with its limestone layers known as the ammonite graveyard, is another unmissable destination.

More creative pursuits can be found when following the Sculpture Trail through Langmoor and Lister Gardens at the town centre, while The Cobb, the scenic harbour, is where much of the action can be found.

Expect to see plenty of indy cafés; shops and bars. Be sure to hunt down the Lyme Regis Brewery, partly located within a 14th-century mill, for a tipple in the taproom.

Outwith the town, it's easy to find yourself hiking in either the East Downs AONB and Blackdown Hills AONB, while [Lydford Gorge, the deepest in the southwest, is sure to impress with its 30 m high waterfall.

What's more, Dorchester, Exeter and Bridport are all within easy reach.

Lyme Regis in February

  • Usually 7°C maximum daytime temperature in Lyme Regis in February7
    7°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 14 days with some rainfall in Lyme Regis in February14
    14 days with some rainfall
  • 74 mm monthly rainfall in Lyme Regis in February74
    74 mm monthly rainfall

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How cold is it in the UK in February?

Daytime temperatures usually reach 7°C in London, UK in February, falling to 2°C at night.

How sunny is it in the UK in February?

There are normally 2 hours of bright sunshine each day in London, UK in February - that's 23% of daylight hours.

Does it rain in the UK in February?

There are usually 12 days with some rain in London, UK in February and the average monthly rainfall is 37mm.

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Browse the sunrise and sunset times for UK in February 2023. Select a month to view UK sunrise and sunset times for the next 12 months. The UK sunrise and sunset times shown below are for London.

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Tuesday, 14th February 2023 07:17 17:13
Tuesday, 28th February 2023 06:49 17:38

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