Today in London, United Kingdom
Cloudy with occasional light rain throughout the day. High near 5C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
Cloudy skies. A few sprinkles possible. Low 1C. Winds light and variable.
This weather data was last updated 2018-01-20 12:16:54.
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The city of London is the capital of England and is also the largest urban zone when it comes to the European Union. The type of climate that you will find in the city of London is oceanic which is the same throughout the south of Britain. Though the city of London does get a good amount of rain each year you would be surprised to find out that it is well below the average of other big cities in Europe such as Rome and Bordeaux. The winters are chilly and sometimes cold while the summers tend to be mild. Snowfall does happen in London but it is never too heavy. The London weather always gets a lot of humidity no matter what time of the year.
The London Rain
The London weather does get a lot of rain throughout the year so we at The London Weather.Net recommend that you carry your umbrella with you at all times. Most of the locals will not carry the umbrella but that is a sign of bravery rather than preparedness. Rain is well spread throughout the year and the rainiest month is usually October which sees an average of 68.8 millimeters (2.709 inches) of precipitation while the driest month is February with a total of 38.2 millimeters (1.504 inches). January experiences the most rainy days but it does not get as much per shower. There is an average of 10.8 rainy days during that month. The average rainy days for the year are 110.4.
In recent years there have been heat waves which the London weather has experienced. As recently as 2003 the city of London had a total of 14 days in a row which had temperatures upwards of 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) and 2 of those days had temperatures above 38 Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit); though those numbers may not seem that high, that heat wave actually led to more than a few deaths. You should not expect extremely hot temperatures when you visit London but it is good to check the current temperatures at www.thelondonweather.net in case you get there during the heat wave in the summer. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the city of London is 38.1 Celsius (100.6 Fahrenheit) plus humidity.
If you are expecting a winter like you would get inland in Europe or in North America you would be surprised at what the London weather has in store for you. Daytime during the winter in London is not always cold or gray. There are showers or drizzle but in some cases you will also find sunshine but maybe just not too much of it. It is the lack of sunshine which makes people believe that winters in London are not the best. While you may have less time for sightseeing because of the shorter days the winters are still good and we at The London Weather.Net recommend this time of the year if you want to avoid the crowds during other times.
The summer is very popular with visitors. You get a lot more sunshine than you would at any other time of the year. The one thing that you will notice is that the streets are packed. That is not only because of the visitors but also because Londoners come out in droves to Hyde Park or to many of the pavement cafes. Temperatures usually average a high of 23.2 Celsius (73.8 Fahrenheit) in July while in August they drop to 22.9 Celsius (73.2 Fahrenheit). If you are staying up late then you may need a light sweater as the temperatures hover around 14.1 Celsius (57.5 Fahrenheit). There is still some rain to be seen during the summer so check the weather forecast at www.thelondonweather.net.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit the city of London by far is the summer provided that you do not get there during a heat wave. There is a lot more sunshine than you would get during the winter. For example, the sunniest month is August with an average of 195.1 mean sunshine hours compared to only 37.4 during the month of December. It is also rains a little less during the summer. In August you are likely to see only an average of 7.6 rainy days dropping 51.6 millimeters (2.31 inches). July has an average of 8 rainy days but only sees 41.1 millimeters (1.618 inches) of precipitation each year. The late spring and early fall are also great times to visit.
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