Weather Averages for London in October
Averages for London in October
October is a fairly cool time to visit London, UK, when the autumn season is well underway. During this month, the average temperature is 12°C – that’s 4°C cooler than the previous month – which slowly changes as the month develops. On October 1st, daily highs start off at 18°C, gradually dropping down to 13°C by October 31st, rarely going over 21°C or falling under 11°C. The daily low temperatures follow a similar pattern, beginning at 12°C on October 1st and steadily falling to 9°C on October 31st, rarely exceeding 15°C or going under 5°C.
The highest temperature ever recorded in recent times for London in October is 25°C, with the lowest temperature ever recorded being 1°C. Compare these temperatures to the average for the month – 12°C – and it’s easy to see that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should expect during your holiday.
With 71mm of rainfall spread across 15 days, October is the rainiest month of the year in London, so make sure you pack plenty of water-proof clothing or an umbrella. Light rain is the most likely type of precipitation you’ll experience and generally occurs around October 28th. Moderate rain is the second most common kind of rainfall and tends to happen around October 31st. Overall, October 31st is most likely to be the wettest day of the month, with rain occurring on 54% of days around this date. On the other hand, October 1st is most likely to be the driest day of the month, with precipitation falling on 44% of days around this date.
The likelihood of London experiencing some kind of precipitation throughout October increases as the month progresses. On October 1st, the probability of rainfall is 44%, which rises up to 45% by October 11th, 49% by October 21st and 54% by October 31st. If you don’t want to risk rainfall spoiling your holiday, you’re best off booking your trip for the first two weeks of the month.
Across October, the median cloud coverage for London fluctuates between 69% and 76%. The sky generally becomes cloudier as the month progresses, with the median cloud cover increasing from 69% on October 1st to 76% on October 31st. On the bright side, London experiences fog on an average of less than one day each October.
At 16°C, the average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to London is very chilly and much too cold to enjoy a dip. Spending more than 5-10 minutes in the sea would leave you feeling extremely refreshed to say the least.
The relative humidity for London in October ranges from 59% to 91%, rarely falling below 46% or reaching as high as 97%. October 1st is usually when the air is at its driest, when the relative humidity drops below 66% three days out of every four. October 31st tends to be when the air is at its most humid, when the relative humidity rises over 88% three days out of every four.
In October London enjoys an average of five hours of sunshine each day – that’s one hour less than in September. As the month goes on, the amount of sunshine hours and daylight hours gradually decreases. From the start to the end of the month, the day shortens by 1 hour and 54 minutes. The shortest day of the month is October 31st with 9 hours and 42 minutes of daylight and October 1st is the longest day of the month with 11 hours and 36 minutes of daylight.
Don’t forget – Day Light Savings Time ends at 2am on October 26th, shifting the sunrise and sunset times to an hour earlier. The earliest sunrise takes place at 6:47am on October 28th, whilst the latest sunrise takes place at 7:45am on October 27th. On the other hand, the earliest sunset takes place at 4:34pm on October 31st, whilst the latest sunset takes place at 6:37pm on October 1st.
Across October, typical wind speeds usually fluctuate between 1 m/s and 6 m/s, very rarely exceeding 8 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur on October 30th when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. On the other hand, lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s usually occurs on October 5th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. During this month, the most likely wind direction for London is out of the south west, with the wind very rarely coming out of the south east.
In 2013, the highest sustained wind speed was a staggering 20 m/s which took place on October 28th. Not only that, but October 2013 was the windiest month of the year, with an average wind speed of 5 m/s. October 2002 was also an extremely windy month, with maximum gusts in London on October 27th reaching as high as 32 m/s.
Dates for the Diary
From October 1st until November 2nd 2014, the Big Draw will work alongside to Family Arts Festival to create the largest family arts festival in the whole of the UK. Ideal for families to enjoy, the Big Draw incorporates a huge number of events – many of which are free – which bring together those who love to draw with those which never thought they would be able to. A great assortment of arty events takes place across a wide selection of venues, including museums and outdoor spaces, providing something for everyone to enjoy.
The Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival is held on the second Sunday of the month, making it October 12th in 2014. Great fun for families travelling with little ones, this event sees the Pearly Kings and Queens join together to welcome the new season in style. Each person participating in the event wears a Smother Suit covered head to toe in sparkly buttons, glitter and badges – so don’t forget to bring your camera. Activities begin around 1pm and include a parade, Morris dancing, parties and plenty of traditional food and drink.
On October 19th 2014, Trafalgar Square will play host to the Sea Cadet’s annual National Trafalgar Day Parade, held in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. This popular event starts off at around 11am with a march from the Mall to Trafalgar Square, before a physical training display followed by a National Band display. The public will then be invited to lay wreaths at the base of Nelson’s column with the Cadets.
If you’re looking for a culturally enlightening experience, stop by Trafalgar Square on October 23rd in 2014. On this day, the large pubic space comes to life with Diwali celebrations in honour of the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of light. Thousands of people attend this free event each year to indulge in the local cuisine offered at the food stalls, watch the entertainment put on by community groups and professional artists and families with little ones always love the children’s activities.
October 31st marks the celebration of Halloween – one of the spookiest events of the year in London. Whether you’re travelling with kids or adults, there is plenty to see and do for everyone at this time of year. With the London Eye’s Witch Academy, themed events at the London Dungeon, spooky boat trips with the London Canal Museum, Jack the Ripper tours and ghost bus tours, you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do.
Things to do
October can be a very cold and damp time to visit London, so you’re best off planning indoor activities for your trip. The Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery is a great place to visit for art lovers on holiday in the UK’s capital. Set in the former home of the Victorian artist Lord Leighton, this museum is one of the 19th century’s most remarkable buildings and is home to a fantastic selection of artwork created by Leighton and his contemporaries. In addition to the permanent collections which include sculptures, paintings and other masterpieces, the Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery also features various temporary exhibitions, such as the current Afghan art display.
With free entry every day, the Museum of London is a top attraction to visit if you’re on a low-cost holiday in the city. This museum features various permanent galleries – including London Before London, Roman London, Medieval London, War, Plague and Fire, Expanding City, People’s City, World City, City Gallery and Sackler Hall – each of which provides visitors with a new understanding of the capital. Temporary exhibitions are also on show throughout the year and in October 2014, the highlight of the museum will be the Sherlock Holmes display. There is a selection of events and courses available for adults to take part in, as well as loads of child-friendly activities that little ones adore. After exploring the Museum of London, take it easy at one of the onsite the cafes or in the restaurant or instead indulge in some retail therapy at the onsite gift shop.
Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic buildings in London and is a must-visit during your stay. At this popular attraction you can admire the structure from the side of the Thames or venture inside and explore the exhibition. If you visit the Tower Bridge during the day, you’ll be able to see the structure in its true glory, but if you visit after dark you’ll have a completely different experience, with the tower lit up by thousands of lights. With animated videos, high-level walkways, panoramic city views, international bridge displays, artwork displays and Victorian engine rooms, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Tower Bridge. Before you leave, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop to pick up a souvenir or some gifts for friends and family back home.
If you fancy seeing a show during your holiday in London, check out Stomp. This international smash hit is held at the Ambassadors Theatre which is easily accessible by the tube or the train. Fresher, faster and funnier than ever before, Stomp is a superb combination of rhythm, comedy, theatre and dance which has astounded audiences world over. The eight talented performers who make up the show use everyday items such as lighters, plastic bags, sinks and bin lids to hammer out tunes which will have you singing along. A great night out for adults and children alike, Stomp at the Ambassadors Theatre is a top pick for evening entertainment.
St Martin in the Fields is one of the most popular churches to visit in London. Set in the heart of London, this church offers regular services in several languages, making them accessible to a great number of visitors on holiday in the city. As well as the sermons, St Martin in the Fields also features a café set in the crypt, providing a budget-friendly option of London dining in unusual surroundings. Unlike most churches, St Martin in the Fields also offers a gift shop which sells a wide variety of London souvenirs, handmade items and unusual gifts which serve as a great reminder of your visit.
Where to stay
Families and couples who want a central location during their holiday in London should think about staying at the Premier Inn London Wimbledon South. This hotel is just a short walk away from Colliers Wood tube station and only three miles away from Wimbledon, making it ideally located for sightseeing and exploring. Here you’ll find spacious rooms equipped with everything you need to enjoy your stay, including one double or two single beds, private bathroom, TV, telephone, desk with lamp and air conditioning. There is a handful of services and facilities available onsite, too, such as restaurant, parking, wheelchair-accessible rooms, family rooms, lift and WiFi access.
For a budget-friendly hotel in the city, check out the Holiday Inn Express Earl’s Court. This affordable hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the West Kensington tube station, which provides easy access the Kensington Olympia. The Holiday Inn Express Earl’s Court offers a selection of double, twin and accessible rooms, each of which comes complete with air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, desk, heating, telephone, radio and TV. Guests are invited to take advantage of the various services and amenities within the hotel, including bar, free WiFi access, parking, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, dry cleaning, meeting facilities and safety deposit box.
When it comes to a room with a view, it’s got to be Park Plaza Riverbank London. This hotel is found on the south side of the River Thames and offers fantastic vistas of the river and the cityscape. It’s also within walking distance of top attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye, making it a great choice for holidaymakers. Park Plaza Riverbank London provides a selection of superior and executive rooms, junior suites and accessible rooms, each of which features alarm clock, private bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, cable TV, coffee/tea making facilities, free WiFi access, minibar, iron and board, desk and music/movies on demand. There is a plethora of amenities and services available within the hotel, such as conference rooms, business centre, fitness suite, 24-hour room service, bar, restaurant and lounge.
Holiday Inn Express London Park Royal is an equally well-connected hotel, just a stone’s throw away from the North Acton Underground station where you’ll find fast links to Westfield Shopping Centre and Central London. Here guests can choose from standard and executive rooms, as well as suites, guaranteeing something for all types of travellers. Each room comes well equipped with WiFi access, soundproofed windows, choice of pillows, TV, stereo, workspace, private bathroom with hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning and sofa bed. There are plenty of onsite facilities and services to take advantage of, too, including business centre, buffet breakfast, fitness centre, children’s play area, housekeeping, convenience store, restaurant, free kids’ meals and ice machine.
For a little bit of luxury, consider staying at Double Tree by Hilton London Ealing. This hotel is set in the heart of West London, within easy walking distance of the Ealing Broadway Underground station, making it ideal for nipping in and out of the city centre. Here you’ll find a great range of rooms, accessible rooms and suites, each of which comes complete with TV with 83 channels, WiFi access, mini fridge, coffee making facilities, private bathroom, air conditioning, iPod docking station, safe, welcome tray and 24-hour room service. Double Tree by Hilton London Ealing also offers guests a wealth of services and facilities to enjoy, such as business centre, children’s menu, luggage storage, bar, restaurant, lift, safety deposit box, multilingual staff and features for disabled guests.