London’s Weather / Climate

When to go to London

The weather in London can change day-by-day, but the coldest months are generally between November and February. Settled snow is rare in central London, but if it’s going to come, it will most likely come in January and February.

The average temperature during the winter period is 5 degrees.

The warmest time is usually between June and August, but summer rain is common (as it is all year round!).

You shouldn’t have to worry about extreme temperatures – the average temperature in the summer months is no more than 22 degrees, and it rarely gets above 30 for more than a few days.

Weather forecasts

Weather reports are generally given at the end of every TV news program.

The best websites for a London weather report are bbc.co.uk/weather and metoffice.com.

Average temperature / rainfall

Because London is a concrete city packed with heated buildings the temperature is generally 2 degrees warmer than the suburbs.

This table shows London’s monthly rainfall, alongside the average daytime and nighttime temperatures.

Average rain fall and temperature in London, by month
MonthRainfallDaytimeNighttime
January3.1 inches45 °F1 °C
February2 inches46 °F1 °C
March2.4 inches49 °F2 °C
April2.1 inches54 °F3 °C
May2.2 inches61 °F6 °C
June2.2 inches66 °F10 °C
July1.8 inches71 °F11 °C
August2.2 inches71 °F11 °C
September2.7 inches65 °F8 °C
October3 inches58 °F6 °C
November3.1 inches50 °F3 °C
December3.1 inches47 °F2 °C

Number of daylight hours

Here is a list of the average number of daylight hours you can expect each month:

January (8 hours); February (9 hours); March (11 hours); April (13 hours); May (15 hours); June (17 hours); July (16 hours); August (15 hours); September (13 hours); October (11 hours); November (10 hours); December (8 hours)

 
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