London: February Weather AveragesDaily averages for February
|Sunshine Hours||4 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||10 %|
|Rainfall days||16 days|
|Chance of Rain||58 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||41 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||29 %|
|Chance of Fog Day||7%|
|Chance of Snow Day||13%|
Daily averages for February
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Averages for London in February
February is a very cold time to visit London in the UK. The city has an average temperature of around 5-6°C at this time of year which slowly rises as the month progresses. Daily highs start off at around 7°C on February 1st and rise until they reach 10°C by February 28th. Daily highs very rarely go above 12°C or under 3°C, doing so only one day in every ten. The daily low temperatures change in a similar fashion, with low temperatures rising from around 3°C at the beginning of the month up to 5°C by the end. Only one day out of every ten will the lows exceed 8°C or fall under -1°C.
The highest temperature ever recorded in recent times in London in February is 19°C, with the lowest temperature ever recorded for the month being -3°C. When you look at these temperatures alongside the average for the whole month – 5/6°C – it’s easy to see that they’re the extremes and definitely aren’t what you should expect during your holiday.
London experiences 39mm of rainfall divided across 16 days throughout February, which means there’s quite a good chance you’ll get at least some kind of precipitation during your visit. Light rain is the most common type of rainfall and generally occurs around February 2nd. Moderate rain is the second most likely type of precipitation and usually falls around February 4th. As the month goes on, the probably of rainfall decreases from 50% on February 1st, down to 42% on February 24th, before rising up to around 45% by the end of the month.
Intense cloud coverage comes with the rainfall, making the average cloud coverage for any given day 80%. In 2013, the longest spell of cloudy weather took place between February 20th and March 4th – that’s 13 consecutive days which were cloudier than they were clear.
Snow falls on an average of three days during February and is most likely to occur on February 1st. If you want to visit London at the driest time of the month, you’re best off playing it safe and visiting during the second or third week. In February 2012, the Met Office issued an amber warning – the second highest level there is – for extreme weather conditions, with snowfall up to 15cm expected, alongside daytime temperatures as low as -9°C. In February 2009, London experienced similar extreme conditions, with snow depths up to 16cm in the Greater London area.
In spite of all the rain, clouds and snow, London experiences less than one foggy day each February.
The average sea temperature for London’s closest coastal location in February is 8°C – that’s 1°C colder than in January. As you can imagine, this makes the sea far too cold for swimming, even for the hardiest of swimmers.
February’s relative humidity ranges from 61% to 91% over the course of the month. The air is usually at its driest on February 28/29th and at its most humid on February 14th.
London enjoys an average of four hours of sunshine each day in February, a number which can vary greatly according how to dense the cloud is each day. As the month develops, the number of daylight hours is increasing, which means that the hours of sunshine also go up.
Between the beginning and the end of the month, the day increases by one hour and 44 minutes, with the shortest day being February 1st with 9 hours and eight minutes of daylight and the longest day being February 28th or 29th which usually has ten hours and 52 minutes of daylight. The sunrise and sunset times also change significantly throughout the month, with the sun rise and set taking place at 7.39am and 4.48pm on February 1st and 6.45am and 5.39pm on February 28th/29th, respectively.
During February, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 1m/s and 6 m/s, very rarely exceeding 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s is most likely to occur on February 28th/29th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur on February 15th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 5 m/s. The wind direction is most commonly out of the south west, followed by west then east.
Aerial view of London, England via Francesco
Where to stay
When it comes to budget accommodation in the UK’s capital, Premier Inn London City (Old Street) is a fantastic choice. This hotel provides guests with double, triple and quadruple rooms, each of which comes with basics such as free WiFi access, flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with hairdryer. Accessible rooms are also available. Onsite services and facilities include free WiFi access throughout, Thyme Restaurant which serves breakfast buffet in the morning and an a la carte menu on the evening and lounge bar which offers light snacks, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol. Note that no onsite parking is available. The Premier Inn London City (Old Street) is close to many attractions, including the Barbican Centre (10 minutes away), Old Street Tube Station (2 minutes away) and markets of Brick Lane (1 mile away)
Holiday Inn London – Commercial Road is a top pick for families and couples looking for low-cost hotels in London. This hotel is set in the East End of the city, within a five-minute walk of two Underground stations from where you can access a wealth of shops at New Westfield Stratford in only 15 minutes. Guests can choose between 133 standard and executive twin and double rooms, each of which features free WiFi access, flat-screen HDTV, blackout curtains and a pillow menu. Onsite services and amenities include breakfast room which serves breakfast buffets, bar-lounge with Starbucks coffee, free Wifi access throughout, mini gym and paid public parking nearby. Shoreditch's art galleries and Spitalfields' market are only one mile away, with the London Eye and Buckingham Palace a 30-minute drive away.
If you want to avoid the corporate hotels and stay somewhere with a bit more character, check out Church Street Hotel. This funky 150-year-old hotel is comprised of three townhouses and is surrounded by pubs, wine bars, restaurants, art galleries, gastro pubs, farmers' markets, street markets and independent retailers. Accommodation comes in the form of six ensuite twin, double and triple rooms, plus three single, double and twin rooms which share a bathroom. Each guestroom features unique artwork and furniture, LED TV with DVD player, free WiFi access and loads of freebies, including L'Occitane toiletries, the hotel's signature hot sauce, organic chocolate and mineral water. Within the hotel you'll find 24-hour Havana lounge which serves free organic tea and coffee plus spirits and wine, Angels & Gypsies restaurant which specialises in Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, free DVD library and onsite art gallery.
Rafayel on the Left Bank is perfect for couples in search of a romantic relaxing break in London. Located just a stone’s throw away from the River Thames, this hotel offers a choice of five themed rooms: Mississippi, Yangtze, Amazon, Thames and Nile, each of which is decorated individually and features mini bar, free WiFi access, TV with DVD player, heating and tea/coffee making facilities. Onsite dining options include Crystal Bar with river views, Banyan on the Thames restaurant which serves a grill-based menu, 24-hour room service and traditional full English, continental and a la carte breakfasts which are served daily. Other onsite amenities and services include spa with fitness studio, hydro therapy pool, sauna room, steam room and river-view relaxation room, shuttle services and private parking.
The Premier Inn London Greenwich is located in a quiet part of London, just a short walk away from the city's markets, as well as the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Park and the National Maritime Museum. Here accommodation comes in the form of double, triple and quadruple rooms, each of which features basics such as flat-screen TV, free WiFi access, heating, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with bath and shower. Accessible rooms are also available. Onsite services and facilities include restaurant which serves all-you-can-eat breakfast buffets in the morning and an a la carte menu on an evening, free Wifi access throughout and vending machine for drinks and snacks.
Bus at night in London, England via E01
Things to do
The weather is very cool in London at this time of year and the chance of rain is high, so it’s wise to plan indoor events to enjoy during your visit. If you want to catch a show during your holiday, spend an evening at the Brick Lane Music Hall. Located close to the City Airport and the Excel Centre, this venue is really easy to get to by public transport. Throughout February, the show of the month is Big Dick Whittington, which is always a hit with adults and children alike. You can choose to catch an evening show with dinner, a lunchtime show with a three-course meal or a matinee performance which includes afternoon tea.
Art fans won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the National Gallery. One of the most famous art galleries in Europe, the National Gallery is completely free to visit and boasts around 2,300 paintings. If you want to know all there is to know about the paintings, sign up for one of the audio tours or themed trails during your visit. Or if you’re looking for something more child-friendly, join in with one of the family workshops. After you’ve explored the exhibitions, you can relax in the restaurant, café or bar or indulge in a bit of retail therapy at the art shop.
The RAF Museum is one of the best museums in the UK, making it a must-visit during your holiday. Located in the historic centre of Hendon’s London Aerodrome in Colindale, this museum tells the fascinating story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections. The RAF Museum is completely free to enter and features loads of free interactive activities,plus displays of very early aircraft designs all the way through to the state-of-the-art modern jets and military aircraft which are used today. Some of the highlights of the museum include the 3D cinema and the sound and light show.
A trip to London isn’t complete without stopping to see Big Ben. Only permanent UK residents are able to take a tour to see Big Ben, but if you’re travelling from overseas, you can still admire it from outside. Take your camera with you to snap some pictures of one of the world’s most iconic buildings or pack some paper and pencils with you and make a sketch for a unique souvenir of your holiday. Whilst the view is very pleasing during the daytime, the best time to see Big Ben is after sunset when the four clock faces are illuminated.
If you’re looking for a show with a difference, check out the Faulty Towers Dining Experience. Held in a large room at the Strand, this comedy show includes a three-course meal alongside an interactive two-hour show in which Basil, Sybil and Manuel from the popular TV show Fawlty Towers put on a hilarious performance and include the audience at every given opportunity. A must for any fan of the popular programme, the Faulty Towers Dining Experience will leave you with amazing memories and plenty of stories to tell for years to come.
Royal Albert Hall in London, England via Les Haines