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Valencia wins first European Weather Award
Newcastle-upon-Tyne has best city break weather in the United Kingdom

The Netherlands (Meteovista) – Valencia has won the first ever European Weather Award for city breaks. The Spanish city has an average  weather rating for the whole of 2013 of 7.9 and so just pips Alicante for the title. Athens takes third spot in the list of top 40 major city break destinations in Europe based on holiday review site Zoover. With an average annual rating for 2013 of 6.1, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is the best destination for a city break in the United Kingdom. Cambridge and Liverpool come second and third respectively.

 

Valencia is best weather capital of Europe
Valencia has perfect city-break weather almost all year round. With an average annual temperature of 20 degrees and 26 degrees in summer, it has a very pleasant climate.
In general, most towns along the Spanish Costas are well rated: they benefit from the Spanish warm air which can be attributed to its favourable location beside the slightly cooling Mediterranean Sea, keeping temperatures lower than in the hot interior. In addition, most weather depressions pass to the north of Spain, making the total number of sunshine hours for its cities the highest in Europe.

 

Top 10 European city breaks with best weather 2013

No.

City

Rating

Summer rating

Temp.

Summer temp.

1

Valencia

7.9

8.9

19,9

26,6

2

Alicante

7.9

9.0

20,3

26,8

3

Athens

7.8

8.3

21,2

30,1

4

Malaga

7.8

9.0

20,0

25,6

5

Seville

7.6

8.4

20,3

28,8

6

Rome

7.5

8.7

18,3

27,4

7

Ibiza city

7.2

8.2

19,6

26,2

8

Madrid

7.2

8.7

16,4

27,2

9

Faro

7.1

8.0

19,6

25,3

10

Milan

7.1

8.8

15,4

26,5

 

 

Italian and Greek cities
Italian and Greek cities have on average, a slightly more variable weather picture. Often, particularly in Autumn, heavy showers and thunderstorms develop above the Mediterranean and can cause  heavy rainfall and severe downpours. This results in a slightly lower city break weather rating than in Spain.
Despite this Athens and Milan both make the top 10.

 

Newcastle Upon Tyne has best weather in the United Kingdom
The best weather for a city break in the United Kingdom can be found in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In summertime the weather there got an average rating of 7.3. However the weather rating drops in winter time to 6.1. that is slightly higher than inland competitor Cambridge and Liverpool on the west coast who both get an average rating of 5.8.


City

Rating

Summer rating

Temp. 2013

Summer temp. 2013

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

6,1

7,3

10,1

17,6

Cambridge

5,8

7,1

11,5

19,6

Liverpool

5,8

7,1

11,4

18,5

London

5,7

7,1

12,2

20,4

York

5,5

6,7

10,8

18,6

Bournemouth

5,5

6,9

12,0

19,2

Birmingham

5,4

6,7

11,1

19,2

Manchester

5,4

6,6

10,9

18,4

Brighton / Hove

5,4

6,7

11,5

18,4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The weather rating score
The European Weather Award  is an initiative of the European weather agency Meteovista. In addition to a 14-day forecast for all places in the world, its sites and apps offer unique weather ratings: an objective evaluation of the weather by means of a rating score, for each activity. In compiling the city-break weather ratings, we looked at the overall weather rating and the café terrace weather rating. The average of these two defines the position in the final ranking.
Sunshine and little wind are crucial ingredients in helping to obtain a high rating. Rain and extreme temperatures lead to score deductions.

 

Extremes in 40 most popular city breaks
If we only look at the destinations in the top 40 then Dublin has the lowest annual weather rating with an average of 4.9. Just above this comes Amsterdam with a 5.0. The lack of sunshine (+/-30-35%) and the amount of daily rainfall (+/- 1 hours per day) largely contribute to these scores.

  • Valencia has the highest annual weather rating with 7.9. With an average temperature of 20 degrees and with 26 degrees in the summer months it has good city-break weather more or less the whole year round.

  • In general the cities on the Spanish Costas score highly: they benefit from the warm Spanish air, but also due to their favourable location along the slightly cooling Mediterranean Sea their summer temperatures remain cooler than in the heat of the Spanish interior. In addition to this most depressions pass to the north which means that the amount of sunshine, is the pretty much the highest in all of Europe.

  • Italian and Greek cities have on average, a slightly more variable weather picture. Often, particularly in Autumn, heavy showers and thunderstorms develop above the Mediterranean and can cause  heavy rainfall and severe downpours. This results in a slightly lower city break weather rating than in Spain.

  • The  Spanish interior often has summer temperatures of 35 degrees or more, too hot for many people and resulting in a lower rating of 7.2. Despite this Madrid is a great place to visit in the spring.

  • Faro has on average more sunshine and less rainfall than the east coast of Spain. However, the average city-break rating is lower, because it is often windy.

  • In London, the average taken over the year as a whole, is sunnier, warmer and drier than for example in the Benelux. London is particularly famous for its pleasant and sunny Spring weather.

 

Extremes in areas outside the top 40

  • The weather in Reykjavik had by far the lowest rating: a 3.9 average. This is mainly due to the lack of sun (only 35% of the time) and the relatively high rainfall hours (an average of 3.3 hours per day).

 

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