London Weather

The conversation amongst the British citizens regarding the weather is very common, as evidently it can be so unpredictable. Seasons in London are far from unequivocal, and therefore it is advisable for those who plan their first visit to the capital city of the UK to be prepared for varied weather conditions. We suggest that you carry at least a jumper or fleece in the summer, and definitely pack a trench coat for any time for the year; you never know when it might rain. You will also find it useful to watch the weather forecasts on television, radio, journals or even on your iPads.

London has a temperate climate, with lows in the winter of up to -10°C and highs of up to 30°C in the summer. Although London is not a large city, the weather does change between the North, South, East and West of the UK. Scotland and Northern England tend to have slightly cooler temperatures, and quite likely you can take a glimpse at some heavy snow in the winter months. In contrast, the south of England experiences warmer temperatures, and no more than a few flakes of snow in the winter surround the environment. An inconsiderably higher rainfall lies within the West of England and Wales as compared to the east.


Early spring is uncertain and can typically bring either snow or warm weather. Temperatures for March (in England) moderate 9.3°C and rainfall averages 66.5mm. By the end of spring in May, the temperature reaches up to 15.4°C. The amount of daylight aggrandizes at the end of March when British summertime officially takes its place. The clocks accelerate to an hour, offering darker mornings but longer daylight in the evenings.


The summer months of June, July and August are the hottest, however not necessarily the most evaporated. The typical August temperature is 69°C with a limited rainfall of 66.7mm. There is more chance of spotting sunshine during the summer months due to Britain’s northerly latitude. In Scotland for example, the sunlight prolongs for up to 18 hours on midsummer’s day.


September is the start of autumn, temperatures start to lower and rainfall accumulates. By the end of September the leaves are collapsing from the trees, which confirm that the summer is well and truly over. In November, the maximum temperature delivers around 9.5°C with an average precipitation of 83.5mm.


Winter in England is generally mild and often provides low temperatures. Scotland and Northern England receive the coldest weather and sometimes even a heavy volume of snow. The total temperature in January is 1.1°C with rainfall culminated up to 84.2mm. Daily sunshine during winter averages 1 to 2 hours due to frequent fog and low cloud, along with hours also reduced as the clocks reverse 1 hour at the end of October, which subsequently results in the sun setting as early as 4pm.

Whatever the time of your visit to London, remember that it will probably rain. On the occasions when the sun does emerge, don’t forget to use a sunscreen. A strong breeze can make the sun seem cooler than it is; although it is possible to get sunburns. So always be careful and enjoy the weather of London.

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