New analysis of average winter temperatures by Direct Line Home Insurance reveals the postcodes that suffer through the coldest temperatures during the winter months. The coldest average temperatures are found in Scotland, with the PH19 postcode area of Dalwhinnie in the Highlands recording average winter temperatures of -2.39°C, 4.46°C colder than the Scottish average and 5.11°C colder than the UK average.
Those looking for warmer climes during winter would do well to head to the Isles of Scilly, where average temperatures are both the warmest and most reliable, with the lowest average recording sitting at a balmy 9.12°C, – only 0.04°C colder than the warmest postcode in the area.
Elsewhere, Alston in the Pennines (3.13°C colder), Bala in North Wales (2.83°C colder) and Moreton-in-Marsh near Chelmsford are the coldest places to live in their respective regions.
Table one: The coldest areas in each region, winter 2013-2017
|Area (Postcode)||Region||Average winter temperature||vs. regional average|
|Dalwhinnie, Highlands (PH19)||Scotland||-2.39°C||-4.46°C|
|Alston, Cumbria (CA9)||North West||-0.65°C||-3.13°C|
|Bala, Gwynedd (LL23)||Wales||0.64°C||-2.83°C|
|Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire (GL56)||South West||1.69°C||-2.41°C|
|Hexham, Northumberland (NE47)||North East||0.22°C||-2.12°C|
|Settle, North Yorkshire (BD24)||Yorkshire||0.17°C||-1.78°C|
|Banbury, Oxfordshire (OX16)||South East||1.66°C||-1.57°C|
|Omagh, Co. Tyrone (BT79)||Northern Ireland||0.99°C||-1.45°C|
|Chelmorton, Derbyshire (SK17)||East Midlands||0.47°C||-1.34°C|
|Leek, Staffordshire (ST13)||West Midlands||0.74°C||-1.03°C|
|Tring, Hertfordshire (HP23)||East of England||1.90°C||-0.97°C|
|Uxbridge, West London (UB9)||London||2.54°C||-0.32°C|
Source: Direct Line Home Insurance 2019
With the temperature in Britain falling to an average of 2.7°C in winter, the analysis highlights the areas where the mercury drops the most compared to the surrounding area. The analysis shows the extreme changes in temperatures at a local level between neighbouring postcodes, varying by as much as 7.7°C between areas in Argyll and Bute where temperatures can be as high as 5.9°C or as low as -1.8°C.