Should I Stay or Should I Go?
The definitive guide to moving abroad and whether it's right for you


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“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes, British adventurer (1944- )

Wise words no doubt. But however true, the search for better weather remains the second biggest factor inciting people to leave the UK, according to the ICM/BBC survey.

Of course, the ideal climate means different things to different people. For some it is year-round tropical heat. Others prefer distinct seasons. I would guess though that a plentiful supply of blue skies and sunshine are high on many people’s lists.

New York, with its humid summers and biting winters, may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But I liked it. Even in the depths of winter we often had blue skies, when the sun would twinkle off the snow in Central Park. OK, so it may have been several degrees below freezing, but we just followed Sir Ranulph’s precept and kept gloves and a hat with us at all times.

I also worked in a ski resort in the French Alps one winter. The weather was perfect every day: either it was snowing, in which case I could look forward to better skiing conditions; or it was sunny, when I could be out on the slopes, whistling down the mountain while catching a tan.

The thing about the UK though is not so much the rain, or even that it’s particularly cold. Take a look at the chart below.

UK Weather Averages 1971-20001

Max Temp (ºC)
Min Temp (ºC)
Days of Air Frost
Sunshine (hours)
Rainfall (mm)
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