The Weather and Climate in Birmingham, England

The Birmingham canal system with a roundabout where two canals meet in the Gas Street Basin.

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Birmingham, England's weather is known for being fairly consistent, with moderate temperatures. It tends to be warm during the summer and early fall, but cooler through the rest of the year, with rain expected regularly during most months. Because Birmingham doesn't get too hot or too cold it's ideal for visitors, who likely won't have to deal with extreme temperatures or weather.

The hottest month of the year is July, when the temperature can go as high as 87 F, although the average temperature is much lower, at 62 F. The coldest month is January, with a low of 26 F and an average temperature of 39 F. Snow is relatively rare, although it does occasionally snow in Birmingham during the winter months (and wet, rainy days are common). Snow can impact driving conditions, so be sure to check for road closures if you have a rental car.

Birmingham, like most of England, welcomes travelers year-round. It's often busier during the summer holidays, particularly in July and August, and Christmastime can bring additional crowds. Consider planning a trip in the spring or fall to take advantage of less tourists. Check the school holidays, like Easter, to plan your travel during the quieter weeks of the year.

Because Birmingham can get cold during the winter and fairly hot during the summer, it's important to plan ahead when packing. A good winter coat and warm shoes are ideal during the winter and even the early spring, and you should always have a raincoat or an umbrella on hand any time of year. But don't let the rain deter you: There's a lot to do in Birmingham that isn't weather-dependent (plus, the rain usually doesn't last all day). And no matter what time of year you visit, there will always be a cozy pub ready to welcome you will a cool pint or a winter warmer.

Fast Climate Facts

  • Hottest Month: July (62 F)
  • Coldest Month: January (39 F)
  • Wettest Month: January (1.4 inches)

Spring in Birmingham

Spring in Birmingham can bring a variety of weather, from surprise sunny days to cold, windy ones. There can even be the occasional snow fall in the early spring. Birmingham tends to be chilly in the early spring, but things start to warm up by mid-April and into May. As the daylight hours get longer, it's also easier to take advantage of nice days.

You can, of course, expect some rain in the spring, with the most precipitation in May. Thankfully, England's rain showers tend to be brief and will often clear up later in the day. Still, it's important to be prepared for any possibility, especially if you have a full day of sight-seeing planned.

What to Pack: Be sure to have layers when visiting Birmingham during the spring, which will make it easy to adapt to the weather. A warm coat is helpful in the early spring and you'll want waterproof garments on hand at all times. Shoes that can handle the rain, like boots or sturdy sneakers, are also a good idea. You likely won't need a scarf and gloves, but a winter hat for a surprise cold day might be a useful addition to your packing list.

Average Temperatures by Month

March: 43 F

April: 47 F

May: 53 F

Anthony Gormley's "Iron : Man" in Birmingham's Victoria Square
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Summer in Birmingham

English summers can be very hot, but the weather can also be cloudy or rainy, especially during June. Birmingham tends to have mild summers, but the temperatures can reach the 80s in July and August, so bring some summer gear. June boasts the longest days, which means you can take full advantage of being outdoors early in the morning and late in the evening.

The rainfall during the summer months is fairly consistent, with an average of around 1 inch per month (that's half of what's expected in London, by comparison). If you're lucky, a mid-summer visit to Birmingham will be warm, sunny and pleasant.

What to Pack: Again, layers are key when traveling to Birmingham. Be prepared for hot days (which feel even hotter thanks to no air conditioning), but have a light jacket or sweater on hand if it cools down. On hot days, tee-shirts, shorts and sun dresses are appropriate. And, as always, some rain gear or an umbrella is a necessary preparation.

Average Temperatures by Month

June: 58 F

July: 62 F

August: 61 F

Fall in Birmingham

Fall is a great time to visit Birmingham, thanks to less crowds and to the moderate temperatures. It tends to be cool without being cold and September boasts the least rainfall of any month. By mid-October and November, however, the temperatures will drop and more rain is expected (although it's still not as rainy as London). While it can be wet and drizzly in October and November, it's not so much rain that you won't want to go out and sightsee. In fact, the shorter less and smaller crowds are worth planning a trip during the fall.

What to Pack: Because the temperatures begin to cool in the fall it's important to bring along a warm jacket and some cold-weather options. In September, it can still get hot, so layers are essential, especially if you plan to be out all day. An umbrella or raincoat will also be your friend when visiting Birmingham in the fall, as will sturdy, comfortable shoes.

Average Temperatures by Month

September: 57 F

October: 51 F

November: 45 F

Birmingham Christmas Market
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Winter in Birmingham

While England's winters are dark and often dreary, the Christmas cheer that arrives in November and continues through January offset any unpleasant weather. Winter in Birmingham is cold, although it's not unbearably so, and if you pack well you'll enjoy even the chillest day out in the city. It's possible to get snow, especially in January and February, although snow isn't the most common weather in Birmingham in the winter. Instead, expect rain and clouds, as well as cold days.

If you struggle with the lack of daylight during the winter, Birmingham in December and January might be a challenge. England gets dark very early in the winter and the cities can often feel desolate after Christmas has passed. Because February is so cold and dark, it's not the best time to visit (although there will be a lot less crowds).

What to Pack: Bring a warm winter coat and warm shoes or boots, along with layers like sweaters. A hat, scarf and gloves will also be welcome on the colder days. And don't forget that umbrella!

Average Temperatures by Month

December: 41 F

January: 40 F

February: 40 F

Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall and Daylight Hours

 Month  Avg. Temp.  Rainfall  Daylight Hours
 January  40 F  1.3 inches  7:45 hours
 February  40 F  0.9 inches  9:10 hours
March   43 F  0.7 inches  11:06 hours
 April  47 F  0.9 inches  13:10 hours
 May  53 F  1.0 inches  15:05 hours
 June  58 F  0.8 inches  16:40 hours
 July  62 F  0.8 inches  16:46 hours
 August  61 F  1.0 inches  15:30 hours
 September  57 F  0.7 inches 13:32 hours 
 October  51 F  1.3 inches  11:27 hours
November 45 F 1.2 inches 9:34 hours
 December 41 F   1.1 inches  8:00 hours