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Weather in London: climate, seasons and average monthly temperature

London weather is known to be quite unpredictable. In fact, Londoners regularly wear sunglasses and an umbrella throughout the year. But London’s weather is never so extreme that it detracts from all the great things to do in the city.

The hottest month of the year is normally August, when the maximum temperature can be 90 F (30 C), but the average temperature in August is about 70 F (22 C). The coldest month is usually January, when temperatures can drop to around 33 F (1 C). Snow is quite rare in London, but if it does fall it is typically in January or February. Some rail services can be affected by adverse weather conditions. Be sure to check with your transportation provider before traveling if snow is forecast.

London is a year-round destination, so the main attractions are not affected by seasonality. There is usually an increase in visitors in July and August, so it is best to plan a trip at a different time of year to avoid overcrowding.

London’s weather is generally mild year-round, but just remember to pack a light raincoat to keep in your backpack. The seasons change gradually and it may seem like winter is still pending when it should be spring, but the weather is never bad enough to prevent you from planning to go out. There is so much to do in London, both indoors and outdoors, that you never have to worry about the weather ruining your plans. You will always find something happening in this vibrant city!

Fast weather data

  • Hottest Month: July (66 F / 19 C)
  • Coldest Month: January (41 F / 5 C)
  • Wettest Month: October (2.79 inches)

Spring in london

Spring in London is quite unpredictable, with weather that can range from warm days (with temperatures up to 70 degrees) to cold, wet days. Occasionally there are even frosts during the spring.

Fortunately, later in the season, the days get longer and summer is clearly on its way. Not surprisingly, brief showers are common during London’s spring – rainfall averages around 2.5 inches per month during spring.

What to pack : Given the variability of London’s spring weather, you’ll want to pack efficiently, with lots of layers and raincoats. A light jacket and a down vest, which can be easily removed if it is too hot, are good ideas.

Average temperatures per month

March: 48 F (9 C)

Abril:  52 F (11 C)

Mayo:  57 F (14 C)

Summer in london

London may have gloriously sunny summer days, but always weeks of continuous rain. Better to be prepared for both scenarios! If you finish with the first, consider yourself extremely lucky, as a sunny summer day in London is lovely.

Like spring, London sees around 2.5 inches of rain per month during the summer, making it the driest season overall. Still, heavy showers or showers can occasionally occur in the afternoons.

What to pack : Prepare for the sun and rain by packing layers like T-shirts, sweaters, and a pashmina or large scarf that you can put on or take off as needed. Plus, London has some great summer sales – if you forget something, it’ll be easy to replace! (You may also want to save some space in your suitcase.)

Average temperatures per month

Junio:  61 F (16 C)

Julio:  66 F (19 C)

August: 66 F (19 C)

Autumn in london

Autumn in London can bring good weather and more pleasant temperatures, especially in the first few months. In October, however, the temperatures drop and the rains become more frequent. In November, frosts become common.

Late fall is the wettest time of the year in London, but it’s not significantly wetter than any other season, so don’t let it spoil your game. Daylight also diminishes rapidly during the fall.

What to pack: Fall can be hot, humid, cold, or a combination. Packing jeans, a sweater, and a vest is an almost foolproof combination that will take you to whatever weather the city has in store. You’ll still want to pack a t-shirt or two in case of a surprisingly warm day.

Average temperatures per month

September: 63 F (17 C)

October: 55 F (13 C)

November: 50 F (10 C)

Winter in london

Winters in London are cold, but not cold like some of its neighbors. As climate change progresses, the season has become increasingly mild with occasional periods of strange weather such as increased snowfall, which is quite rare in the city thanks to its ‘heat island’ phenomenon.

Rain peaks during the winter, averaging about three inches per month. However, unlike other times of the year, this rain usually occurs in drizzle or light rain, which means that it will spend much of the winter season wet. London is also much darker during the winter, making the season a bit boring to visit, save for the amazing Christmas decorations, which are among the best in the world.

What to pack : Like most cold winter climates, a warm coat, cozy hat, and scarf are a must. As a base layer, thick fabrics will keep you warm. If you are lucky, you will only need your heaviest coat on the coldest days in town.

Average temperatures per month

December: 45 F (7 C)

Enero: 41 F (5 C)

February: 45 F (7 C)

Average monthly temperature, rainfall and hours of sunshine

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