London: August Weather AveragesDaily averages for August
|Sunshine Hours||6 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||29 %|
|Rainfall days||13 days|
|Chance of Rain||55 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||19 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||15 %|
Daily averages for August
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Averages for London in August
August is a great time to visit London, UK, when the summer season is coming to a close. During this month, the average temperature is 18°C – the highest average temperature for the whole year. As August progresses, the daily temperatures slowly decrease as summer blends into autumn. Daily high temperatures start off at 23°C on August 1st, falling down to 22°C on August 11th before finally reaching 20°C on August 30th. Across the month, daily highs rarely exceed 26°C or fall below 18°C. Daily low temperatures change in a similar fashion and start off at 16°C on August 1st before dropping down to 15°C by August 30th. Daily low tempertures rarely exceed 18°C or fall below 13°C.
The highest temperature ever recorded in recent times in London in August is 38°C, with the lowest temperature ever recorded for this month being 10°C. Compare these figures to the average temperature for the month – 18°C – and it’s easy to see that they’re the extremes and certainly aren’t what you should expect during your holiday.
Relative to the average, the hottest day of 2013 was August 1st when the daily high temperature was 33°C, compared to the average of 23°C. Moreover, in 2003, August 10th was one of the hottest days in London – and across the whole of the UK – since records began. On this day, the highest temperature in the region was 38.1°C which was recorded in Greater London, beating the previous record broken in 1990 (34.6°C).
Even though it’s one of the hottest months of the year, London experiences an average of 48mm of rainfall each August, spread across 13 days, making it very likely you’ll experience some kind of precipitation at least once during your visit. Light rain is the most common type of precipitation you should expect during this time and generally occurs around August 14th. This is followed by moderate rain which tends to fall around August 1st. Overall, August 3rd is most likely to be the wettest day of the month, with rain falling on 51% of days, and August 28th is most likely to be the driest day of the month, with rain falling on 47% of days.
The likelihood of London receiving some kind of rainfall throughout August decreases as the month progresses. On August 1st, the probability of precipitation is 51%, which falls to 50% by August 11th before falling once again to 47% by August 28th. If you don’t want the chance of any rain spoiling your holiday, you’re best off planning your visit for the last week in August.
The median cloud coverage for London in August is 64% – a figure which hardly varies at all throughout the month. And as you’d imagine for summer, the city is almost never affected by foggy days in August.
At 17°C, the average sea temperature for London’s closest coastal location is quite cool and will probably only be enjoyed by very hardy swimmers. Any more than 10-20 minutes in the sea at this temperature would leave you feeling very chilly.
Throughout August, the relative humidity for London ranges from 47% to 88%, rarely dropping below 38% or reaching as high as 95%. August 1st is usually when you’ll find the air to be at its driest, when the humidity drops below 50% three days out of every four, on average. On the other hand, August 16th is when the air tends to be at its most humid, with the average humidity rising above 83% three days in four.
In August, London enjoys an average of six hours of sunshine each day – that’s two hours less than the previous month. As August develops, the number of sunshine hours and daylight hours rapidly decreases. From the beginning to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by one hour and 47 minutes. The shortest day of the month is August 31st with 12 hours and 37 minutes of daylight and the longest day of the month is August 1st with 15 hours and 24 minutes of daylight. The earliest sunrise and latest sunset take place on August 1st at 5:24am and 8:47pm, respectively, whilst the latest sunrise and earliest sunset take place on August 31st at 6:11am and 7:48pm, respectively.
Throughout August, typical wind speeds tend to fluctuate between 1 m/s and 7 m/s, rarely rising over 8 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually happens on August 28th when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs on August 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. Just like the rest of the year, the most common wind direction during August is out of the south west, followed by west and then east.
Close-up of the London Eye in London, England via Martie
Where to stay
The Premier Inn London Kensington is within easy reach of almost every tourist attraction in London, including the Albert and Victoria, Natural History and Science Museums, Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, the Royal Albert Hall and Buckingham Palace. Here you can choose between single, twin, double, triple, quadruple, family and accessible rooms, each of which features free WiFi access, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, TV and private bathroom with shower and bath. Onsite services and facilities include breakfast room with full English and continental buffets, international restaurant, bar, free WiFi throughout and paid parking nearby. Children under 16 staying in the same room as their parents can enjoy free breakfasts.
If you want something a bit more luxurious, consider staying at Devonport House. Set amidst the World Heritage Site in Greenwich, this Georgian hotel is within walking distance of numerous tube and train stations which can get you into the heart of London within 20 minutes. Here guests can choose from 99 single, twin, double and executive double rooms, each of which features free WiFi access, tea/coffee making facilities, flat-screen satellite TV and private bathroom with shower and bath. Onsite dining options include a restaurant which serves traditional and modern British cuisine, bar which serves coffee, soft drinks, alcohol and light bites and room service. Other onsite services and facilities include garden with barbecues, free WiFi throughout and paid private parking. Nearby points of interest include the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park and the River Thames.
The Belgrave is a family-owned hotel set in Central London, close to the Victoria train station and the Pimlico Underground station. The hotel is spread out across four Georgian townhouses, where you'll find 73 individually-designed guestrooms divided between standard, executive and signature categories. Each guestroom features HD smart TV, Nespresso coffee machine, free WiFi access and private bathroom with rain shower and designer toiletries. Executive rooms are larger also include a work desk with wired internet, whilst signature rooms are even larger and offer super king-size beds, extra large TVs, international power sockets, free magazines and free minibar. Within the hotel you'll find free WiFi access throughout and bar which serves a huge selection of coffee, soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits. Note that no parking is available.
Adria Hotel is located in the heart of Hammersmith in West London, within walking distance of an underground station and several theatres. Accommodation comes in the form of single, twin, double, triple and family rooms, each of which features free WiFi access, flat-screen satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with shower and complimentary toiletries. Onsite services and amenities include full English and continental breakfasts and free WiFi acess throughout. Note that no parking is available. Some of the most popular nearby attractions include the London Hammersmith Apollo Centre, two shopping centres, cafes, bars, restaurants and a cinema.
The Holiday Inn Express London Swiss Cottage is perfect for travellers on a budget. Conveniently located just outside Central London, this hotel is close to an underground station which can get you into the West End and Central London in only ten minutes. Here accommodation comes in the form of twin and double rooms, each of which comes with tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV, free WiFi access and private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. Within the hotel you'll find the Great Room where full English and continental breakfast buffets are served, a contemporary bar which shows live sporting events, coffee bar which serves Lavazza coffee and paid parking. This hotel is adjacent to the O2 shopping centre where you'll find a wealth of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Notting Hill Carnival in London, England via
Things to do
August is one of the warmest months of the year in London, so make the most of it by taking a stroll along Southbank. Here you’ll find oodles to see and do outdoors, including Bernie Spain Gardens, EDF Energy London Eye, KPMG Thames Clipper Tours, shopping and dining at Gabriel’s Wharf and London Duck Tours. If the weather takes a turn for the worst, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is plenty of indoor things to do, too, such as shopping and dining at the Balcony in Waterloo Station, Bargehouse Gallery, Florence Nightingale Museum, IWM London, the London Dungeon and the National Theatre.
There are loads of superb shows to see during your visit to London and the Lion King is one of the best. Held at the Lyceum Theatre, this musical is great fun for the whole family to enjoy and has won many awards since it first began in 1999. The story follows the revenge saga of Simba and his uncle Scar and incorporates many popular tunes such as Hakuna Matata, Circle of Life and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, making it a delightful experience for theatre lovers of all ages. The Lyceum Theatre can seat up to 2,100 visitors and is easily accessible thanks to its numerous public transport connections.
If you fancy visiting a museum during your holiday in London, take a look at the Natural History Museum. One of the most popular attractions in the city, this museum is open every day and is completely free to enter. The Natural History Museum is gigantic and is divided into four different coloured sections, each of which focuses on a different topic – dinosaurs, ecology, the Earth and Darwin/Attenborough. With child-friendly interactive displays, ancient artefacts, skeletons, artwork, jewels and sculptures amongst the thousands of fascinating exhibitions, this museum offers something for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
Art and architecture lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to stop by Sir John Soane’s Museum. This site has been a public museum since the start of the 19th century and now incorporates loads of important works of art and antiquities, including the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, Canaletto’s Riva deglli Schiavoni looking West and Hogarth’s a Rake’s Progress, as well as around 30,000 architectural drawings, almost 7,000 historical volumes and over 250 historical architectural models. In addition to the permanent collections, Sir John Soane’s Museum also features various temporary exhibitions.
If you fancy bagging a bargain, head to Camden Town. This lively part of London is jam-packed with cafes, shops, bars, restaurants and clubs. During the day you can wander around the shops and stalls browsing the vintage clothing, retro gifts, artisan products and souvenirs – all of which are available for low prices. Come nightfall, the area takes on a completely different atmosphere, as trendy locals come out to dine on contemporary eats and enjoy a drink or two in swanky bars.
Mirror Pool at Trafalgar Square in London, England via H Matthew
August events in London
Prudential Ride London
1st August 2015 to 2nd August 2015
The Prudential Ride London is a two-day event which takes place throughout the whole of London. The event kicks off with an eight-mile family ride past various London landmarks, followed by hand-cyclists races around St Jamesâ€™ Park. The second day begins with a 100-mile challenge for amateur cyclists before the classic race begins where youâ€™ll have the chance to see professional cyclists race through Central London and Surrey.
Carnaval del Pueblo
2nd August 2015
Carnaval del Pueblo is a Latin festival which comes at the cost of 5- 10 pounds, money that you won't regret spending! Events take place at the Coronet between 11am and 7pm. There will be carnival parades, music and dancing. These dances will include Colombian samba, Latin hip hop, salsa and Bolivian folklore. This suitable for all ages and there is lots of fun activities for the children, including workshops and face painting.