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View Poll Results: Which is better?
Fair Isle ('Least continental') 5 22.73%
East Bergholt ('Most continental') 17 77.27%
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:59 AM
 
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Should be a clear winner here as the more continentalized climate is nonetheless warmer throughout the year, drier, more thundery, sunnier, less windy, and obviously neither are continental in the true sense of the word.

But anyway...

I only compared daytime temps as i wanted to remove the effect of frost hollows and Urban heat islands skewing minimum temperatures. If the minimum is included, Heathrow is usually the most 'continental' I have not compared extreme temperatures, although the widest extreme span is Shawbury in Shropshire with a span of -25.2c to 34.9c. I have estimated East Bergholts sunshine to be around 1650-1700 hours based on the nearest stations average of 1635hours. But this is more inland and to the North so it is likely to be higher at East bergholt. Stowmarket - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Most 'Continental' UK Average Climate: Ipswich (East Bergholt, Suffolk, Eastern England)
Average January High: 7.1c/45f
Average July High: 22.9c/73f
Mean annual sunshine: 1650-1700 hours (estimated)
Ipswich - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Least 'Continental' UK Average Climate: Fair Isle (Northern Isles of scotland)
Average January High: 5.7c/42f
Average July High: 13.2c/56f
Mean annual sunshine: 1206 hours
Fair Isle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As can be seen from the Map, Ipswich, about 50 miles North East of London is well inside the most thundery zone of the UK, with at least 14 days of thunder a year (The northern Isles have around 4 days) Thundery summers seem to be typical of continental climates...

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/...71-2000_17.gif
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Ipswich! (East Berghol)
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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Ipswich!!
While Ipswich is nowhere near my ideal climate, that scottish island would drive me crazy.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I love both, but I'll go with Ipswich.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Most 'Continental' UK Average Climate: Ipswich (East Bergholt, Suffolk, Eastern England)
Average January High: 7.1c/45f
Average July High: 22.9c/73f
Mean annual sunshine: 1650-1700 hours (estimated)
Ipswich - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I was sort of expecting just a little bit more range than that for the "most continental" UK climate.

In any case, that's the one I'd prefer. UK summers are cool enough that I'd like the one that has the longest/warmest.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Paris
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I HATE cool cloudy oceanic climates possibly more than anything else, so I'll take Ipswich with no hesitation.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Wow.. have to go with Fair Isle.. record low of -5.6°C!!! . that's incredibly mild for the latitude in winter... I bet there's hardly any frosts!!
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:24 PM
 
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Wow.. have to go with Fair Isle.. record low of -5.6°C!!! . that's incredibly mild for the latitude in winter... I bet there's hardly any frosts!!
Yes, its even been -7.3c at Scilly (the most southerly maritime islands of england) so -5.6c for a record low is pretty amazing considering that even though it is a small island, it is a far northerly small island and should get pretty cold arctic winds every so often.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:31 PM
 
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Ipswich. Fair Isle's climate is pure fresh puke.

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Wow.. have to go with Fair Isle.. record low of -5.6°C!!! . that's incredibly mild for the latitude in winter... I bet there's hardly any frosts!!
I thought you were dissatisfied with Vancouver because of its anemic summers and lack of sunshine
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:33 PM
 
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I was sort of expecting just a little bit more range than that for the "most continental" UK climate.

In any case, that's the one I'd prefer. UK summers are cool enough that I'd like the one that has the longest/warmest.
Well, i suppose the UK isnt a very big country, and London is at the more 'continental' end of the spectrum so few places are more 'continental' than the well known climate of the London area.

Heathrow Jan Max: 7.8c, July Max: 23.1c, range 15.3c
Greenwich Jan Max: 7.9c, July Max: 22.8c, range 14.9c
E.Bergholt Jan Max: 7.1c, July Max: 22.9c, range. 15.8c

I think the 1971-2000 (used here) and 1961-1990 datasets as a whole are less varied than the 1931-60 and 1941-70 datasets, (ie for 1931-1960 summers were the same as 1971-2000, but winters at least 0.5c colder)
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