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The English settlers are not out of their element here because the latitude is equivalent to that of the south of England: 52° South (London is 52° N). The seasons are inverted with respect to the northern hemisphere.

The rainfall is slightly higher than that of the English capital but the temperature is more stable; it varies from 22°C (72°F) in January to -5°C (22°F) in July with an annual mean of about 5-6°C (42°F).

The climate is influenced by a cold stream coming from the Antarctic, which is much colder than the polar current from the North Pole. Even if the seasons are fairly similar due to the major influence of the ocean the weather can change very quickly. The prevailing westerly winds contribute to this and one often sees all kinds of weather during the same day from an aggressive sun to torrential rain.

The Falklands winter tends not to be as severe as in England but it lasts longer, from May to November. Snowfalls occur during most winter months but the snow rarely stays long.

Summer is not really hot but the Isles benefit from exceptional hours of sunshine. The sun rises at 4.30 am and sets at about 9.30 pm giving 17 hours of sunshine a day! As the hole in the ozone layer is sometimes above the isles, the sun may be very strong and dazzling. Good sunglasses and high protection cream are indispensable.

The combination of a cool wind, pure air, intense luminosity and unpolluted sea water produces a unique environment.

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