Today, the UV index suggests low sun danger (0-2) in Reading, reaching up to 0.6. Remember sunglasses and SPF 30+ on sunny days, and be cautious around reflective surfaces like sand, water, and snow for increased UV exposure.
Read more here about the climate and sun exposure in and around Reading.
The UV index in Reading, United Kingdom, typically ranges from low to moderate levels throughout the year. During summer (June to August), it can reach a high of around 7 (moderate) to 8 (high) on a scale of 1 to 11. However, during winter (December to February), the UV index drops significantly to as low as 1 (low) or even less. It is important to protect your skin by wearing sunscreen, especially during the warmer months.
Reading experiences four distinct seasons like much of the UK. Spring (March to May) brings mild temperatures around 11-16 °C (52-61 °F) with occasional showers. Summer (June to August) tends to be warm and pleasant, with temperatures averaging between 19-23 °C (66-73 °F), although heatwaves can push temperatures as high as 30 °C (86 °F). Autumn (September to November) becomes gradually cooler, ranging from 13-17 °C (55-63 °F) and brings colorful foliage. Winter (December to February) sees temperatures dropping to around 2-6 °C (36-43 °F) with occasional frost and snow.
Compared to its region, Reading receives slightly more sunshine due to its inland location. It receives approximately 1,600 hours of sunshine per year. However, this is still less than some southern parts of the UK. The region's proximity to the coast helps moderate temperatures, keeping summers cooler and winters milder compared to inland areas. Nevertheless, it is essential to keep track of UV index and protect your skin, regardless of the region's sun exposure.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Reading. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.