Why Norfolk is a great place for summer weather

Is it going to be a beach summer or a damp squib?

Is it going to be a beach summer or a damp squib? - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

We all know the one key ingredient for an unforgettable summer: the weather. Here, the Met Office explains how Norfolk’s summer weather compares to the rest of the country, and how we can make the most of it

The Great British Weather. Capable of sending you to the seaside on a summer jaunt or sending you back to the TV on a washout afternoon. With the weather being such a changeable beast, just how can you go about making the most of the conditions through the summer? 

Norfolk’s summer weather, despite memories of some dreary washout days last year, actually fares pretty well, on average, compared to many other areas of the UK.  

According to the Met Office, Norfolk’s average maximum temperature in the summer is 21.3C, which is 2.4C above the UK average. Norfolk also has above average levels of sunshine, with an average of six hours and 24 minutes a day during the summer, which is nearly an hour more than the UK average.  

Even if the top-level statistics point towards a typically milder summer for Norfolk’s summer compared to the UK, it’s the unsettled weather that can alter plans. It's also important to remember that these ‘average’ figures for summer don’t guarantee these conditions for every summer, as the UK’s weather is famously changeable!  

Norfolk, like most places in the UK, isn’t immune to unsettled summer weather and staying prepared for all conditions helps people make the most of the weather, according to the Met Office’s Head of Civil Contingencies Will Lang, who works to help communities stay safe and thrive in all weather.  

Will says: “Of course people are excited to make the most of the summer sunshine, but it’s really those that are prepared for all weather in the summer that end up making the most of it and avoiding any mishaps. 

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“One of the key pieces of advice, and it would be from us here at the Met Office, is to check the forecast ahead of making plans and before setting out, and, crucially, be prepared to adapt your plans if you need to.”  

Of course, many seek out Norfolk’s picturesque landscape in the summer. Whether you’re visiting a Norwich for some sightseeing or heading on a trip to the beach, staying prepared for Norfolk’s changeable weather is a must.  

“There are plenty of great activities to do during long and hot summer days, but there are also simple things that everyone can do to make sure their summer plans aren’t impacted by the weather,” says Will. 

Taken in the Wash from one of the boats last week after a heavy downpour!

A dramatic scene on the Norfolk coast after a summer downpour - Credit: Matthew Jessop/iWitness24

“For hot weather, it can be as simple as making sure you have things together to help you keep cool, like a hat, some water and some sun cream, as well as being aware of people you know who might be especially vulnerable.” 

Norfolk is no stranger to a dreaded summer downpour of thundery rain, and this is something people often overlook, according to Will.  

“What can get in the way of a lot of people enjoying summer is thinking that, because it’s summer, your home is in some way immune to stormy weather. Staying prepared for strong winds and some summer downpours can help you to make the most of the next warm spell, rather than spending the day repairing damage or going to collect garden furniture and bins from down the street!” 

Indeed, despite above-average levels of summer sun, Norfolk, like most places, sees some rainfall in June, July and August, with an average of 181mm of rain falling in the summer months. So, despite getting some heat and warmth, the threat of summer rain remains for most in Norfolk. 

A torrential downpour on Church Road in Gorleston.
Picture: James Bass

A torrential downpour in August on Church Road in Gorleston - Credit: Archant

Will continues: “That risk of summer rain is something people often forget. Lots of people will check their gutters and roof in the winter, but it’s still vitally important that people keep their homes prepared for inclement summer weather. Doing so will ensure a faster visit to the beach when the sun does return!”  

You can get more advice from expert partners on being prepared for summer weather using #WeatherReady online or visiting WeatherReady on the Met Office website.  

Norfolk’s ‘average summer’ in numbers 

Average Maximum Temperature: 21.3C 

Average Sunshine Hours Per Day: 6 hours, 24 minutes 

Average Rainfall: 181mm 

Wet weather empties the beach in Cromer apart a few hardy holiday makers who braved the late summer

A wet day on Cromer beach in July - Credit: Archant

5 ways to stay safe at the beach, from RNLI 

1. Go to a lifeguarded beach 

Lifeguards are trained professionals and will help to keep you safe. You can find search for your nearest lifeguarded beach online.  

2. Check the flags  

Red and yellow flag indicate the area that is safest to swim. Black and white chequered flags indicate the area best used for surfers, paddleboards and kayaks, but not for bodyboards or swimmers. Red flags indicate danger and not to enter the water under any circumstances.  

3. Look out for rip currents 

Rip currents can quickly drag you out to sea. Check the lifeguard’s flags before entering the water and dial 999 if you spot someone in trouble.  

4. Check the tide 

Check the tide times before heading out and be aware of the tide’s direction when you’re in the water.  

5. Know when to get help 

If anyone’s in trouble in the water, make sure people know to dial 999 and to ask for the coastguard. A whistle is also a simple method of calling for help when close to shore.