11 DecLocal Time: 02:26 GMT UK Time: 02:26 GMT
- Sunrise 07:56
- Sunset 15:52
- Moonrise 12:25
- Moonset 00:15
|Temp feels like:||2°c (35.6°f)|
|Length of Day:||7h 55m|
|Dew Point:||1 °c (34°f)|
|Pressure:||30.45 " (1031 hpa)|
Average for December: 6°c (42.8°f)
Weather Overview for London
temperate maritime climate with all
four seasons and no extremes of temperature. However, it has a microclimate
knows as an ‘urban heat island’. The mass of heated buildings and people
result in temperatures that are a couple of degrees warmer than outside of the
city. As a result, London London is one the warmest
places in the UK.
Contrary to popular belief, the average annual rainfall in
is not particularly high – Sydney, for example
has higher annual rainfall. It’s just that there are a high number of those
grey drizzly days… Total rainfall may not be that high, but the number of
‘rainy days’ is.
Weather can vary greatly from year to year; you might get a particularly
cold winter, or a particularly wet summer, or a very hot one. That’s the thing:
if you come to visit
you just don’t quite know what you’re going to get. Day to day and moment to
moment conditions are also highly changeable and hard to predict. London
Summer weather: June – Mid September
The best way to describe a
summer is unpredictable. You should be prepared for all eventualities. You
could get a week of continuous rain or, just as likely, a week of glorious
sunshine and temperatures in the high 20s. It’s true that a good summer’s day
in London is
hard to beat, but this good summer weather is notoriously unreliable. Perhaps
this unpredictability explains why the weather is such a favoured topic of
conversation in London . England
The average high temperature peaks in summer – July and August - are a favourable 22°C. Some days can see temperatures rise up to and above 30°C during a fine spell of weather. Similarly a July day in the mid-teens is not unheard of. The average low temperature in peak summer is 13°C. Summer 2007 was a particularly bad summer with lots of rain and grey skies. 2003, on the other hand, was one of the hottest summers in recent memory with a record temperature of 38°C. 2009 is set to see yet another heat wave with record highs.
Rainfall in summer is around 50 to 60mm per month, making it very marginally the driest time of year. Expect some rain if you’re in town, though you may escape. Late summer can see evening thunderstorms and short heavy downpours – at least this gets the rain out of the way quickly rather than with the endless drizzle that can occur at other times.
Autumn Weather: Mid September - November
Early autumn, from late September, can see good weather and pleasant temperatures though by October things are start to cool and rainfall increases slightly. The wintry weather begins to appear and November sees the first frosts of winter.
September enjoys average daily highs of 19°C and can still get sunny days in the 20s. Mid to high teens can be possible in October, but by November the temperature will not get far into double figures at its peak.
Autumn is definitely a season of change as the long warm sunny days give way to cooler temperature. The days begin to shorten noticeably.
Late autumn is statistically the wettest time of year in
, though in reality you’re just as
likely to get rain at any time of year. London
Winter weather: December - February
are cold, without being very cold. Generally, the last few winters have been
milder than average and as climate change progresses some bizarre weather is
being thrown into the mix. In January (2009) London was as stricken as the rest of the
country by heavy snowfall, which is rare across the country. London
Frosts and snow are rarer in the city than elsewhere due to the ‘urban heat island’ phenomenon. The warmer temperatures mean that if it does fall it less likely for snow to settle than in other parts of the country. The average temperature in the winter is 5°C, with highs averaging 7°C and lows 2°C. It can often drop to 0°C, but temperatures far below are not common, especially in the more built up areas of the city.
A crisp, sunny winter’s day is very beautiful, especially if you find a leafy area. But unfortunately there are a lot of damp, grey days during an English winter. Sunshine levels drop to one hour per day in December and only increase slightly thereafter.
Rainfall is at its highest in late autumn and winter, at between 70 to 80mm per month. This tends to fall as an irritating drizzle so there are a lot of rainy days. Coupled with the short hours of daylight, this can make winter a bit of a grim time – when you’re out in town you may be tempted to duck into the nearest pub and sip ale by the fireplace.
Spring Weather: March - May
Spring, again, is a time of unpredictable weather. Sometimes it can be sunny and a pleasant 20°C while all around is blooming, the birds are chirping and the days getting longer. Other times it can be chilly, grey and damp.
Early spring stills sees a few frosts (though less so in the city), while by late spring you can really start to feel the arrival of summer weather.
March has average highs of just 10°C, while this rises to 17°C by May.
Rainfall is around 50 to 60mm per month in spring. This time is known for its frequent but brief showers – coined the ‘April showers’.
Sunshine levels increase as the season progresses.
January 1928 saw the last major flood of
This combination of weather resulted in the highest water
levels ever recorded in
The Great Smog of December 1952 was the worst air pollution
Londoners were so used to the smog that initially people
were not worried about the pollution but it is estimated that 12,000 people
died in the following weeks and months due to lung and respiratory tract
infections. This event led to an increased awareness of air pollution and
efforts were made to improve the air quality in subsequent years and thankfully
The Great Storm of October 1987 caused 18 deaths as an
unusually strong weather system passed over the south of
In 2006 a tornado struck the NW London area of Kensal Green.
£10 million of damage was caused to 100 homes. The
February 2009 saw the highest
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