While we might have had floods in our time, and it was pretty bad in 2007, the weather in Gloucester doesn’t get too extreme. If you’re looking for a pretty mild climate that never really sees any extremes of weather, then Gloucester might be the place for you. If you’re thinking of looking for Gloucester houses for sale, then a visit to tgres.co.uk/for-sale/houses/gloucester/ might be a good place to start. It’s a city with a lot of history, nice shopping which is very accessible and some beautiful countryside around it like the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean. In fact, it is this picturesque countryside the enables Gloucester the protection from the elements keeping it sheltered from the worst that the British weather can throw at it.


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Gloucester is in a Vale near the mouth of the River Severn.  This makes it pretty low lying and near a river so it can get a bit cold. However, there is some truth to the saying; “if the North wind doth blow, we shall have snow” this could also apply to winds from the East. Gloucester sits tucked in and behind the Cotswolds stretching all the way from Bath in the South to Mickleton in the North. This natural barrier ensures that the snow and rain gets dumped on the east side first. It is possible to call relations in Cirencester, about 12 miles away, and find that it is knee deep whereas Gloucester has but a light dusting.


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Before the ice age the geologists have found that the Cotswolds was a large mountain range. It was eroded down over the eons but it has left behind smaller off shoots called embayment’s. You can see these upland areas on the map above in green.  This includes a spur out towards the village of Eckington in the North of Gloucester forming a barrier. There are only about 10 miles between this spur and the Malvern Hills. This large embayment of the Cotswolds protects Gloucester from the North West. Further west is the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and again there is a gap of about 20 miles between the two embayments. These natural features squeeze the weather fronts forcing them to unload as the wind carries them. This goes down to Chepstow and back to the River Severn again.

There is one option for the bad weather. If it comes up the River Severn then it can hit Gloucester unimpeded. However, as you usually find that southwesterly winds bring mild and wet weather snow is rather unlikely.

 

Published by Sunil Pandey