London: July Weather AveragesDaily averages for July
|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 %|
Daily averages for July
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Averages for London in July
July is one of the hottest months in London, UK, when the average temperature is 18°C and 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 for summer, 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
Where to stay
Explore one of London’s most beautiful boroughs and stay at the Premier Inn London Richmond. Ten minutes away from the city's underground stations and shopping streets and 800m from Kew Gardens, this modern hotel provides guests with double, triple and quadruple rooms. Each guestroom features free WiFi access, flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Accessible rooms are also available. Onsite services and facilities include paid parking, Thyme Restaurant which serves evening meals and traditional full English breakfast buffet with vegetarian options, bar which serves coffee, soft drinks and alcohol and free WiFi access throughout.
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 92 double, 38 twin and seven accessible rooms, all of which are available with or without windows. Each guestroom includes en-suite bathroom, heating and air conditioning, with the option to pay for addons such as toiletries, towels, flat-screen TV, safe and WiFi access. Onsite services and facilities include complimentary newspapers, coffee shop, computer station and free WiFi access throughout. Thanks to its central location, you'll find a host of bars, restaurants and cafes close by.
For something a bit more stylish, check out the Novotel London Greenwich, a four-star hotel just a short walk away from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park, the National Maritime Museum and the O2 Arena. Guests here can choose between superior rooms and executive rooms, each of which features satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, WiFi access and private bathroom with bath, shower and radio. Executive rooms also come with a Nespresso coffee machine, Bose iPod docking station, free WiFi access and bathroom amenities. Within the hotel you'll find Elements bar and restaurant open from 6am until midnight, 24-hour room service, hammam, fitness centre and paid private indoor parking.
If you want to stay in a central location, check out the Alhambra Hotel. Situated in Central London, this hotel is just a short walk away from St Pancras International Station, Oxford Street's shops, boutiques and restaurants and the West End's threatres and entertainment venues. The British Museum and British Library are also located nearby. Accommodation comes in the form of basic single and double rooms, plus single, double, twin, triple and quad en-suites, each of which features free WiFi access, flat-screen TV, and tea/coffee making facilities.Onsite services and facilities include complimentary full English and continental breakfasts, free luggage storage and paid parking nearby.
The Premier Inn London Edgware is ideal for travellers who want to stay in the outskirts of London. This budget hotel is easily accessed by car, being located just off the M1, A1 and A5, and is only 800m from the nearest tube station. Here accommodation comes in the form of single, double, twin, triple, quad, family and accessible rooms, each of which includes tea/coffee making facilities, free WiFi access, satellite TV and private bathroom with bath, shower, hairdryer and toiletries. Within the hotel you'll also find a restaurant which serves breakfast buffets, free breakfast buffets for children under 16, bar which serves coffee, soft drinks and alcohol, free WiFi access throughout and free private parking onsite.
Trafalgar Square Fountain in London, England via Elliott
Things to do
Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park and the biggest enclosed space in London. Also being a National Nature Reserve, the city's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation means this park will be busy during summer, so try and get there early. 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, such as red and fallow deer. Here you'll also find cycle trails, numerous picnic areas and guided walks and courses which take place throughout the year.
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 of which are woven into the story of a girl who dares to change her destiny.
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 boasts more than 500 years of history within the Greenwich Visitor Centre, plus plenty more. 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.
The evenings can be quite mild in the city in July, making it a fantastic month to enjoy Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. In July 2015, there are loads of performances being hosted here, including the Seagull and Seven Brides for Seven Borthers. The open air theatre is located just a ten-minute walk away from the Baker Street Underground Station and also features a picnic area, bar, buffet and restaurant, providing plenty of options when it comes to dining.
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 religious building is most well-known for its dome which has become an iconic feature of the London skyline. Highlights here include 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.