London Holiday Weather

What is the weather like in London?

Despite the myths about the ceaseless rain, the main feature of London weather is unpredictability. You can write a book about it! The locals never know if it will rain or shine and are often armed with both an umbrella and sunglasses. Though the weather in London is generally mild, do not be surprised to experience all four seasons on any given day without warning. The Met Office is where you head for a reliable forecast.  

Does it really rain that much in London? 

According to the official data, it rains around 156 days a year, or between 11 and 15 days a month in Great Britain. The wettest months are usually October and November, while the driest ones are March and July. Thankfully, not all these precipitations arrive in London, and its fame as the capital of rain and fog is highly exaggerated. There are grey and rainy days, especially in the autumn, but there is plenty of sunshine and in-between days too. 

Not all the wet is the same in the nation's capital. A warm and refreshing June drizzle is something to experience. The rain forecast that may look threatening in the weather app often turns out to be just a few drops of water. It is true that October's downpour is when you rather stay indoors, but London is perfect for that too.

For a smooth experience in London, do not resist the idea of rain. Embrace it. Dress for it. Water is life. It keeps the multiple parks lush green for you. 

Summer in London 

Summer in London is a longed-for season that turns on the heat in the capital. The skies are blue. The grass is emerald-green. The trees, some of them hundreds of years old, are covered with leaves and provide solid shade from the merciless sun. All sorts of flowers are in full bloom, scattered around the parks, alleys, river walks and private gardens like colourful confetti. 

Summer in the capital starts in June and lasts until mid-September. The weather is usually mild, between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. In recent years, the heat waves broke records with the temperatures reaching 35 - 37 degrees on some days. It is more of an exception than the norm though.

Your summer suitcase should be filled with t-shirts and shorts, flower-patterned dresses and bathing suits, blazers and hoodies for the chilly evenings and a light raincoat for the wetter days. Don’t forget the picnic blanket, sun hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. 

Autumn in London 

Autumn is a gorgeous time in Britain’s capital. It starts in mid-September and lasts till the end of November or early December. The trees turn red, gold and yellow, inviting you for dreamy walks in the parks where listening to the satisfying crunch of colourful leaves under your feet is a type of meditation. 

Autumn brings more rainy days. The skies are often grey. It gets dark earlier, and the temperatures plummet to 5-10 degrees Celsius during the day and 3-4 degrees at night.

Autumn in London is an excellent opportunity to spend memorable family moments taking pictures outdoors, rain or shine. Pumpkin spice drinks and Halloween are other highlights of the season. 

Make sure your family stays warm during your holiday. Opt for the rubber boots or wet weather suitable footwear, wind and rainproof jackets, cosy jumpers and trousers.    

Winter in London 

Winter sees busy Londoners dressed in all shades of black, grey, and brown rush about their business, dreaming of a warm cup of tea, and with a Christmas shopping list in mind. London winter starts in December and lasts until nature is ready to wake up in late February - early March. Winter temperatures drop as low as 0 degrees and occasionally to minus digits. Days are dark and short. Rains are frequent and can sometimes turn into snow. Snowfall is not common but possible, with the last few years giving Londoners a chance to build their own snowmen.

The cold season is marked by indoor cosiness, winter menus in the restaurants, cinnamon-spiced drinks in the coffee shops, and most importantly - Christmas festivities. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is one to mention. Lasting for 6 weeks from November to January, this incredibly popular family-friendly festival offers a wide variety of Christmas attractions, entertainment, food, drinks, and a lot more.

Your winter wardrobe should include all the same items as the autumn one with one exception: add more layers. The footwear better has some fur or fleece lining. Hats, gloves, scarves, and cosy knits are a must-bring, or you will find yourself purchasing them in London. Don’t forget to pack partywear for Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.  

Spring in London 

Spring in London takes you on a journey from the local flora and fauna peacefully awakening from long winter hibernation to nature in full bloom, ready to kick off the glorious summer. Blooming white, baby- and hot pink cherry trees. The carpets of purple and yellow crocuses. Bright red tulips. Tender green leaves, breaking out of sleep. And the cheerful singing of birds. London looks rejuvenated. 

The spring in London starts in early March and lasts until late May-early June. Though the weather can still be pretty cold, rainy and windy, the days get longer and brighter. The temperatures rise from 10 - 12 degrees in March to 18-20 degrees in early June, with the nights getting warmer too. The rain is still a frequent visitor, but surprise! Sometimes it is accompanied by the rainbow. 

Pack plenty of spring-coloured layers for your family - trousers, jeans, leggings, short- and long-sleeved tops. Rubber boots and waterproof footwear are still a must, as are the raincoats.    

How to be prepared for any weather when travelling to London? 

It is a good idea to check the long-term weather forecast when planning your trip to London. But keep in mind that it is not always 100% accurate. London is full of surprises! 

Pack the raincoats and waterproof footwear with you or purchase them at the family-friendly department stores such as John Lewis and Marks&Spencer when in town. 

Bring plenty of layers if you travel in the winter. 

Be prepared equally well for the sunshine and the rain during the summer months. You never know, right? Befriend the sunglasses, sun hats, sun protection and light, breathable summer basics to explore London. But don’t forget the umbrella! 

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