The weather in Newcastle, as with many parts of the United Kingdom, is quite variable, but on the whole, it is usually quite dry. This attribute is thanks to the Pennines, which cast a rain shadow over much of the North East of England.

Typically, winters are cold and dry, with fog and mist a common occurrence. Snow usually falls for around 14 days in the season but doesn't accumulate greatly and temperatures range from -12C to +7C. Hard air frosts are common-place, so pack those warm woollies and if you've got a car, top up your anti freezer and bring de-icer! Raincoats are also a handy item as frontal systems hit the country around now. This season lasts from late November to mid March.

Spring, from mid March to late June, brings warmer, wetter weather, owing to the predominant Atlantic low pressure systems that sweep the U.K. at this time of year from all points west. Bring a wide range of clothing, though an umbrella and raincoat wouldn't go amiss. Warm, dry days are not unknown either. It can be said spring is the most variable time of year in this region, with temperatures dipping to -5C, yet climbing to +20C at times.

Summer, late June to late September, usually provides warm and dry weather, with the odd heatwave thrown in for good measure! Most of the weather at this time of year comes in from Europe or the Azores, so high pressure and sunshine dominate. The odd thunderstorm crops up too, so be prepared to run inside or take cover at short notice! Temperatures range from 15C to 35C, t-shirts and shorts can be worn without worry, though don't forget to wear sunglasses and slap on that sunscreen!

Autumn occupies early October to late November and is again quite a variable time of year. Typically, it'll start with an Indian Summer, warm and sunny by day, rather cool by night, descending into cool and rather wet weather. If there's going to be a storm (heavy rain and sustained winds above 90kmh), this is the time of year it'll most likely happen.