Averages for London in November

What's the Weather Like in London in November

Temperature

The weather continues to get colder in November in London, UK, when autumn is morphing into winter. This month is characterised by falling temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 13°C on November 1st down to 10°C by November 30th, only exceeding 16°C or falling under 5°C one day out of every ten.

Daily Lows

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  • Temperature Temperature 10°C 49°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 10°C 50°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 6°C 43°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 2 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 63 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 17 days

What's the Weather Like in London in November

Temperature

The weather continues to get colder in November in LondonUK, when autumn is morphing into winter. This month is characterised by falling temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 13°C on November 1st down to 10°C by November 30th, only exceeding 16°C or falling under 5°C one day out of every ten.

Daily Lows

The daily low temperatures change in a similar fashion, falling from 9°C on November 1st to 5°C by November 30th, dropping below 1°C or exceeding 12°C very rarely.

Extreme Temperatures

In recent times, the highest temperature ever recorded for London in November is 19°C, with the lowest ever recorded temperature being -2°C. When you look at these temperatures alongside the average temperature for the month – 8°C – it's easy to see that they're the extremes and aren't what you should be prepared for during your holiday.

Rain

With an average of 63mm of rainfall divided across 17 days, it's extremely likely that you'll experience at least one shower during your visit, so make sure you bring an umbrella with you. The most common type of precipitation for this time of year is moderate rain which tends to occur around November 21st.

Light rain is the second most likely type of rainfall for November and generally happens around November 12th. Overall, November 22nd is most likely to see rainfall, with some kind of precipitation occurring in 63% of days around this date. On the other hand, November 1st is least likely to see any rainfall, with precipitation occurring in 55% of days around this time.

In 2003, November 20th-24th saw some exceptionally heavy rainfall, with parts of London experiencing 130% of the average rainfall for the month during these five days alone.

The probability of London receiving some type of precipitation throughout November rises as the month progresses. On November 1st, the chance of rainfall is 55%, which rises to 58% by November 11th and 63% on November 22nd, before falling to 62% by November 30th. If you don't want to risk rain spoiling your London holiday, you're best off planning your trip for the first two weeks of the month.

Cloud Cover

Throughout November, the median cloud coverage for the month is a constant 76%. This figure varies very slightly, starting off at 76% on November 1st and falling down to 75% on November 9th, before rising to 77% on November 21st and rising once again to 79% on November 30th. On the plus side, London is subject to less than one foggy day each November.

Average Sea Temperature

The average sea temperature for London's closest coastal location is 14°C – that's 2°C colder than October. As you'd expect, this temperature is far too cold for anyone to enjoy a swim.

In November, the relative humidity for London fluctuates between 66% and 91%, rarely exceeding 98% or falling below 56%.

Humidity

You can expect the air to be at its driest on November 1st, when the relative humidity drops below 71% three days out of every four. November 6th is usually when the air is at its most humid, when the relative humidity exceeds 88% three days in four.

Average Sunshine Hours

London enjoys only three hours of sunshine each day throughout November – that's two hours less than in October. As the month progresses, the number of sunshine hours and daylight hours steadily decreases. Between the beginning and the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by one hour and 26 minutes.

Shortest Day

November 30th is the shortest day of the month with 8 hours and 12 minutes of daylight, whilst November 1st is the longest day of the month with 9 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. The earliest sunrise and latest sunset take place on November 1st at 6:54am and 4:32pm, respectively, whilst the latest sunrise and earliest sunset take place on November 30th at 7:42am and 3:55pm, respectively.

Wind

Throughout November, typical wind speeds generally range from 2 m/s to 7 m/s, rarely going over 10 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s usually happens on November 30th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s.

The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur on November 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. The highest gust speed in 2013 was 43 m/s which occurred on November 17th.

Just like the rest of the year, the most common wind direction for London in November is out of the south west – the wind very rarely comes out of the south East.

London Hotels in November

54 Boutique Hotel is set in a traditional London townhouse, just a short walk away from the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Here guests can choose between 26 single, double and deluxe rooms, each of which features 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, wall sockets with USB connections, free WiFi access, LCD TV, free water, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with luxury toiletries. 

Nestled in chic Marylebone, The Marylebone Hotel is a stone's throw from Oxford Street, Mayfair and Bond Street. The hotel reflects the chic and individual village feel of Marylebone and it's buzzy high street. Marylebone High street has plenty of individual and independent shops and cafes, it leads onto St Christopher's place another little London gem. The hotel is unpretentious with understated luxury and clean modern lines and sumptuous materials. 

The London City Hotel is ideally located for sightseeing, with loads of top attractions on its doorstep – such as the London Eye, Borough Market, Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, Tower Bridge and Big Ben.  Within the hotel you'll find Cafe Riva which serves full English and Continental breakfasts and lunch dishes, free WiFi access throughout and paid private parking nearby.

Holiday Inn Express London Hammersmith is ideal for budget accommodation in London. Located within walking distance of two tube stations, the Hammersmith Apollo, Westfield Shopping Centre, the Earl's Court and Olympia exhibition centres, this hotel provides guests with single and double rooms. Each guestroom features free WiFi access, flat-screen TV and en-suite shower room. 

Bars and Restaurants

For a sweet snack, Belgian style, Wafflemeister located in South Kensington bakes mouthwatering waffles every day - savour the inviting sugary aroma as you step onto Cromwell Mews. Toppings include bananas, cookies, cream, strawberries, Oreo, marshmallow, a whole host of choice! Take note, this place gets busy and seating is limited.

If you're looking for a reasonably priced sit down meal, The Dovetail in Clerkenwell is an ideal choice. The menu offers fish, meat, vegetarian dishes and highly popular burgers - the Wagyu beef is a must try. At around £11/£13, including chips, this restaurant is great value. 

Highly rated Belgo Centraal, Covent Garden is a fantastic place to enjoy excellent Belgian food and over 50 types of bottles beer, all categorised into fruity, Trappist, blonde, dark, lagers, ambers, all featured in a neat little flip-style menu. 

Enjoy a birds eye view of the open kitchen from the steel walkway entrance, then head down into the atmospherically lit dining area, complimenting the hammered copper interior. The mussels here are divine, and the Thai Green option is truly stunning. Indulge in some of the best Belgian dishes in London.

Borough Market on London's South Bank is famous for its plethora of high-end restaurants and bars and one eatery you should make a trip to is the Rabot 1745. The restaurant serves up exquisitely tasty classic dishes which are infused with cacao, sourced directly from their own plantation in St. Lucia. 

Things to do in London in November

The weather is very cold and wet in London in November, so avoid most outdoor activities and make the most of your holiday by visiting plenty of indoor attractions. Travellers who are interested in  military history should definitely take the time to visit the Imperial War Museum.

This museum is home to a huge collection of photographs, stories, children's displays and artefacts across themes such as the Holocaust, secret war, extraordinary heroes and a family in wartime. After you've explored the Imperial War Museum, indulge in some retail therapy at the onsite gift shop or put your feet up in the café.

Musical lovers won't want to miss the opportunity to see Mamma Mia. This worldwide smash hit is held at the Novello Theatre which can easily be reached through the Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Holborn Underground stations.

There's also a range of other 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 want to see the city's landmarks during your holiday, make sure to visit Buckingham Palace. This iconic structure has served as the official London residence of the monarchy since 1837 and whilst many parts of the building are off-limits to visitors, several of the State Rooms are open to the public.

Dates for the diary

On the 5th of November the British celebrate Bonfire Night known also as Guy Fawkes Night. This longstanding British tradition dates back to the Gun Powder Plot of 1605, when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The anniversary of his arrest is clebrated with firework displays and a bonfire. Typically an effigy of Guy Fawkes is burned on the fire.

There are some fantastic Bonfire Night displays around London and its good fun to wrap up warm and head out to one of them.  Try Ravenscourt Park in west London or Battersea Park or checkout this list of Bonfire Events for 2018 here

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