London: July Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||26 %|
|Rainfall days||14 days|
|Chance of Rain||50 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||22 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||19 %|
Averages for London in July
July is one of the hottest months of the year in London, UK, when the average temperature is 18°C which hardly changes as the month progresses. Daily high temperatures are constant at 23°C, rarely falling below 19°C or rising above 27°C. Daily low temperatures follow a similar pattern and are constant at 15°C, only falling below 13°C or rising above 18°C one day out of every ten.
In recent times, the highest ever recorded temperature for London in July is 34°C and the lowest ever recorded temperature for the city in this month is 9°C. Take a look at these temperatures alongside the average for the month – 18°C – and it’s clear to see that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should be prepared for during your holiday.
In 2013, the hottest day of the year was July 22nd, when London enjoyed temperatures up to a scorching 33°C. Overall, July was also the hottest month of that year, with an average daily high temperature of 25°C, compared to an average of 23°C.
London experiences a fair amount of rainfall throughout the year and July is no exception. During this month the city receives an average of 41mm of precipitation across 14 days, making it quite likely you’ll experience a shower or two during your visit. Light rain is the most common type of precipitation you should expect which tends to fall around July 26th. Moderate rain is the next most likely type of rainfall and generally occurs on July 24th. Overall, July 30th is most likely to be the wettest day and July 12th is most likely to be the driest.
The longest dry spell in 2013 took place between July 4th and July 23rd – that’s 20 consecutive days with no precipitation at all. In addition to that, July 2013 also had the largest percentage of days without any sort of rainfall for that year, with 71% of days having no reports of precipitation at all.
The probability of London experiencing some type of precipitation throughout July increases as the month goes on. On July 1st, the likelihood of rainfall is 47% which rises up to 49% by July 21st before culminating in 51% on July 30th. If you don’t want to risk rain ruining your holiday, you’re best off booking your trip for the second week in July.
The median cloud coverage for London in July is 63% and hardly changes at all throughout the month and as you’d expect, the city almost never experiences any foggy days during July.
At 16°C, the average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to London is significantly warmer than any of the previous months. Despite the rise in temperature, 16°C is still considered to be far too cold to enjoy a swim.
Across July, the relative humidity for London fluctuates from 46% to 85%, very rarely falling below 35% or rising above 95%. The air tends to be at its driest around July 2nd when the humidity drops below 51% three days in every four. The air is usually at its most humid on July 17th, when the humidity rises above 81% on three days out of every four. The least humid month in 2013 was July which had an average daily low humidity of only 43%.
Just like the previous three months, July enjoys an average of eight hours of sunshine each day. As the month progresses, the number of sunshine hours and daylight hours gradually decreases. Between the beginning and the end of the month, the length of the day shortens by one hour and six minutes. The shortest day of the month is July 31st with 15 hours and 27 minutes of daylight. The longest day of the month is July 1st which has 16 hours and 33 minutes of daylight. The earliest sunrise and latest sunset take place at 4:47am and 9:20pm, respectively, on July 1st, whilst the latest sunrise and earliest sunset take place at 5:22am and 8:49pm, respectively, on July 31st.
Across July, typical wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 7 m/s, rarely rising above 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur on July 9th, during when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually happens around July 30th, when the average daily maximum speed is 6 m/s. During this month, the wind direction is most commonly out of the south west, followed by the west and then the east. The least windy month of 2013 was July, which had an average wind speed of 4 m/s.
City view from Primrose Hill in London, England via Duncan
Things to do
Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London, making it a great place to relax in the sunshine on a warm July day. Here you’ll find plenty of grassy areas for children to run around and play in whilst adults can enjoy reading a good book on a park bench. There’s loads to see and do within the park grounds, including Pembroke Lodge, Isabella Plantation, Petersham Gate playground, St Paul’s Cathedral tercentenary gates, Kingston Gate playground and loads of local wildlife, including red and fallow deer. There are also several cycle trails throughout the park, as well as numerous picnic areas, making it a wonderful place to enjoy a family day out.
Families looking for a child-friendly musical should consider seeing Roald Dahl’s Matilda. This incredibly popular musical is held at the Cambridge Theatre and is ideal for children and adults to enjoy together. The story focuses on the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination, both woven into the story of a girl who dares to change her destiny. With catchy tunes, energetic acting and fantastic choreography, Roald Dahl’s Matilda is a fantastic musical that the whole family can enjoy.
If you’re on a budget holiday, consider stopping by the Old Royal Naval College. Open every day, this attraction is completely free to enter and is home to a vast array of things to see and do. Here you can explore more than 500 years of history at the Greenwich Visitor Centre where you can wander around the permanent exhibitions and admire the building itself. Some of the site’s most popular attractions include the Wren’s twin domes, Painted Hall ceiling, Chapel rope and anchor, objects from Greenwich Palace, the Nelson Pediment, Thornhill’s self-portrait, the Chapel ceiling, the Old Brewery wellhead, the Franklin Memorial and the Central Model of Greenwich, providing visitors with hours upon hours of entertainment.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a must-visit for theatre lovers on holiday in London. The evenings can be quite mild in the city in July, making it a fantastic month to enjoy a bit of outdoor theatre. Throughout July 2014, there are loads of performances, including Hobson’s Choice, Twelfth Night and the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, providing loads of options for everyone. Just a ten minute walk away from the Baker street Underground Station, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is very easily accessible and also features a picnic area, bar, buffet and restaurant, providing plenty of options when it comes to dining.
Trafalgar Square Fountain in London, England via Elliott
Where to stay
If you want to explore one of London’s most beautiful boroughs, consider staying at the Premier Inn London Richmond. Surrounded by history, culture, shops and a plethora of walking opportunities, this hotel is perfect for holidaymakers who want to be close to plenty to see and do. There is a selection of spacious rooms to choose from here, each of which features a comfortable bed, desk with lamp, TV, private bathroom, optional sofa bed, air conditioning and WiFi access. There are loads of services and facilities available to guests onsite, too, including wheelchair-accessible rooms, family rooms, lift, restaurant and parking.
When it comes to low-cost accommodation in London, Tune Hotel Paddington is a top pick. Set in the heart of the city, just a walk away from Hyde Park, London Zoo, Oxford Street and Portobello Market, this hotel offers a wide variety of rooms, including doubles, twins and accessible rooms, all of which are available with or without windows. Each of the rooms is well equipped with everything you could need to enjoy your stay, including Hypnos bed, en-suite bathroom, heating, air conditioning and many optional add-ons, such as toiletries, towels, TV, safe and WiFi access. You’ll find loads of amenities and services here, such as café, parking, 24-hour reception and free WiFi access in public areas.
For something a bit more stylish, check out the Novotel London Greenwich. This four-star hotel is just a short walk away from the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and the O2 Arena, making it perfect for holidaymakers who want to do loads of sightseeing during their trip. Guests here can choose between superior rooms and executive rooms, each of which features a minibar, safety deposit box, smoke alarm, satellite TV, voicemail, WiFi access and private bathroom with bath, shower and radio. There are loads of services and facilities onsite to take advantage of, including bar, restaurant, 24-hour room service, hammam, fitness centre, parking, 24-hour security, reduced mobility access, shoe shine machine, dry cleaning, pets allowed and tourist information desk.
If you want to stay in a central location, how about spending your holiday at the Alhambra Hotel? Situated in Central London, this hotel is just a short walk away from St Pancras International station, the shopping haven known as Oxford Street and the lively West End district. Here you’ll find loads of rooms to choose from – including basic singles, basic doubles, single en-suites, double en-suites, twin en-suites, triple en-suites and quad en-suites – guaranteeing something for all group sizes. Each of the rooms comes complete with desk, WiFi access, flat-screen TV, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, cot available upon request and complimentary breakfast, providing you with everything you’ll need to enjoy your stay. The Alhambra Hotel boasts loads of services and facilities, including 24-hour reception, breakfast room, internet and printing facilities, luggage storage, parking, 24-hour taxi service, sightseeing bus tours and excursion booking.
Families and couples looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in London should check out the Premier Inn London Edgware. This budget hotel is easily accessed by car and, thanks to its close proximity to the M1, A1 and A5, is the perfect place for a restful pit stop or a city break. The rooms at the Premier Inn London Edgware are spacious and come with a comfortable bed, private bathroom, desk with lamp, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, air conditioning and WiFi access. There is a handful of services and facilities available, including free parking, restaurant, lift, wheelchair-accessible rooms and family rooms.
St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most popular and important attractions in London, making it a must-visit during your holiday in the city. This stunning building is most well-known for its dome which has become an iconic feature of the London skyline. There is loads to see and do at St Paul’s Cathedral, including visiting the Whispering Gallery, climbing to the top of the dome, experiencing a touch-screen multimedia tour, discovering the ancient crypt and travelling back in time through an immersive film experience. After an exhausting day of sightseeing, take it easy with an afternoon tea at the onsite restaurant.
Southbank at night in London, England via Duncan
July events in London
Tour de France
4th July 2015
The Tour de France is an annual sports event which sees some of the very best cyclists in the world compete in a fast-paced race that passes by various London landmarks, such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, the Mall and Buckingham Palace. The race sets off from Yorkshire at the start of the month before arriving in London via Epping Forest and then passing through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and then onto central London.