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London: October Weather Averages

Daily averages for October
  Temperature 55°F


Low Temperature 50°F


  High Temperature 60°F


  Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 19 %
  Rainfall 71mm
  Rainfall days 15 days
  Chance of Rain 60 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 27 %
  Sea Temperature 61°F


Chance of Windy Day 29 %

Daily averages for October

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
°C 15 15 15 13 13 13 13 13 14 15 14 13 13 12 13
°F 59 59 59 55 55 55 55 55 57 59 57 55 55 54 55
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
12 12 12 12 11 11 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 11 12 12
54 54 54 54 52 52 54 54 54 54 52 54 54 52 54 54

Averages for London in October

Weather Overview

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 in September – 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 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.

The London Eye in London, England

The London Eye in London, England via Stig

Where to stay

The Premier Inn London Wimbledon South is a central hotel just a short walk away from Colliers Wood tube station and only three miles away from Wimbledon. The modern accommodation comes in the shape of double, triple, quadruple and accessible rooms, each of which includes free WiFi access, flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries. Within the hotel you'll find a restaurant which serves continental and full English breakfast buffets, bar which serves coffee, alcohol and soft drinks, free WiFi access throughout and paid public parking nearby. Children under 16 years old can enjoy a free breakfast every morning.

For a budget-friendly hotel, check out the Holiday Inn Express Earl’s Court. This affordable hotel is within a five-minute walk of the West Kensington tube station, a ten-minute walk from the Olympia Exhibition Centre and Earls Court and a 15-minute walk from Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Stadium. Here guests can choose between twin, double and accessible rooms, each of which features free WiFi access, satellite TV, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. Onsite services and amenities include full English and continental breakfast buffets, the Great Room which serves light snacks, drinks and broadcasts live sporting events, free WiFi access throughout and paid public parking.

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 London's cityscape. The hotel is also within walking distance of top attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye. Park Plaza Riverbank London provides a selection of superior and executive rooms, junior suites and accessible rooms, each of which features private bathroom with bath, shower and hairdryer, satellite TV, coffee/tea making facilities, free WiFi access and international sockets. Executive rooms come with better bathroom amenities, free morning newspaper, bathrobe and slippers, whilst junior suites are larger and feature a sofa bed. Onsite dining options include the Club Lounge which serves breakfast, Chino Latino which serves fusion cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner and 24-hour room service. Other onsite amenities and services include free fitness room and free WiFi access throughout. Note that no parking is available.

Holiday Inn Express London Park Royal is located within a two-minute walk of the North Acton Underground station where you’ll find fast links to Westfield Shopping Centre and Central London. Here guests can choose from standard rooms, executive rooms and suites. Each guestroom comes well equipped with WiFi access, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV and private bathroom with hairdryer. Within the hotel you'll find the Great Room which serves light bites, coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, whilst also showing live sporting events. This dining venue also hosts full English and continental breakfast buffets each morning. Other onsite amenities and services include free WiFi access throughout and paid public parking.

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 close to loads of bars, restaurants and theatres and within walking distance of the Ealing Broadway Underground station. Here you’ll find guestrooms, accessible rooms and suites, each of which comes complete with TV with 83 channels, WiFi access, mini fridge, Nespresso coffe machine and private bathroom with walk-in shower. Suites are more spacious and boast complimentary WiFi access, better toiletries and free mineral water. Within the hotel you'll find fitness room, W5 Grill & Bar which specialises in local produce, room service, free WiFi access throughout and paid public parking.

Night time panorama in London, England

Night time panorama in London, England via Dimitry

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. 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 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.

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. There is a selection of events and courses available for adults to take part in, as well as loads of child-friendly activities. After exploring the Museum of London, take it easy at one of the onsite the cafes or 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. Highlights include animated videos, high-level walkways, panoramic city views, international bridge displays, artwork displays and Victorian engine rooms. 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. 

St Martin in the Fields is one of the most popular churches to visit in London. Set in the heart of the city, this church offers regular services in several languages and also features a café set inside the crypt, providing a budget-friendly option of London dining in unusual surroundings. Here you'll also find 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.

Tower Bridge in London, England

Tower Bridge in London, England via Robert

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