General information about England
The UK is made up of a group of islands in the north of Europe and covers a surface of 243.610 square kilometers. It is made up of the main island of Great Britain its neighboring island of Ireland. There are also around 800 smaller islands around the main island of the UK, the most famous ones being Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Wight. The only border that you will find on the mainland of the UK is the divide between the island of Ireland and the republic of Ireland, because only Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom. The length of the border between the two parts of Ireland is approximately 360 kilometers.
Great Britain is part of the Western European Time zone. This is commonly referred to as the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Climate and seasons
The weather in the UK is predominantly rainy, but it is actually also warmer than places on the same degree of latitude due to the influence of the Golf Stream. The weather is usually erratic all around, apart from the Southern coast of the UK that has the least rainy weather. You can however foretell that the weather is going to be warmer and dryer in the South and East as opposed to the North and West parts of the island.
Whilst the months in the summer are usually colder than those on the European mainland, winters are a lot milder in the UK due to said influences from the Golf Stream.
Climate chart (in degrees Celsius)
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