Warmed all year by the Gulf Stream the island has an enviable climate that is usually sunnier than mainland Britain. This isn’t too surprising when one considers that it shares its latitude with some of France’s famous wine-producing areas.
Considering the favourable climate, Jersey is a gardener’s paradise, where the plants flower about a month earlier, red squirrels scamper through valleys and shaded woods and the semi-tropical plants and flowers are lush and verdant.
The first island to gain Green Globe status, Jersey works hard to maintain its reputation as The Floral Island. Orchids, lavender, herbs, vineyards and roses are all helped by the mild climate, rich soil and long hours of sunshine that sees spring arrive early and the summer months lingering on long into the autumn.
The island’s weather boasts the warmest summers and the mildest winter in the British Isles – the closest to a Mediterranean climate! With its high sunshine record (average of 6 hours in August), the most popular time of year to visit Jersey is between May and September when the rainfall is at its lowest and temperatures are averaging between 14 ºC (57°F) in May and up to 25 ºC (77°F) in July and August.
In July and August the summers are usually sunny and bright and comparable to those in north and central France. With Jersey weather at its best in the summer it’s an ideal time for families who can enjoy the beach life and long summer evenings. The sea temperature is at its highest in July, August and September reaching up to 17°C (63°F)
Due to being the most southerly island in the British Isles, Jersey not only enjoys a warmer climate in the summer months, but also boasts a milder winter than the mainland UK with the coldest month averaging around 6 °C (43°F)
With such a mild climate Spring often arrives earlier here and the summer extends deep into the Autumn months of September and October making it a perfect destination at any time of year.
Make the most of Jersey’s year round mild climate and come and experience all that this beautiful island has to offer. Choose your time of year carefully and you may be able to coincide a summer or winter visit with some of the excellent festivals and events.
Compared to the rest of the British Isles, the Channel Islands enjoy
• Warmer summers
• Milder winters
• Higher sunshine record
• A year-round mild climate