London Weather Guide

To put it subtly, London isn't really loved for its weather. But the commonly nicknamed 'rainy city' isn't so bad. In fact, London on average actually receives less rain in a year than Rome and can still reach up to 38 degrees Celsius in summer, which takes place from June to August. While the summers can get warm, on average London is a relatively cool and cloudy city with snow and below-zero temperatures are not uncommon in the winter months of December to February.

Seasons and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Summer in London is a fun time when locals are out in force to soak up as much sunshine as they can. Usually this involves hanging out in local parks and making the most of the warm weather. During this time, summery clothes will be fine for during the day, although at night you'll probably need a jacket or jumper as temperatures can still drop to single digits. In June, Royal Ascot comes to London Town with fancy hats and equally fancy fillies, and don't miss all the strawberries and cream action (and the tennis!) at Wimbledon. In August, London's biggest street party, the Notting Hill Carnival, is a must!

Average temperatures: 14 - 23 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jeans, tees and shirts with a jacket for night.
Don't forget: Sunscreen and sunglasses.

Autumn: September to November

Autumn is a beautiful season to spend in London with the change in leaves and cooler, brisk days. During the autumn months, the city's parks and gardens are still popular. The season is also a time for harvesting with London hosting various apple and pumpkin celebrations. Locals also get into the spirit of Halloween by donning costumes on the 31st of October. It's also Bonfire Night on November 5 with plenty of fireworks and the London Film Festival hits the city in October.

Average temperatures: 5 - 20 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: A number of layers and a warm coat.
Don't forget: An umbrella and a Halloween costume.

Winter: December to February

You haven't experienced winter until you experience winter in London. The chilly season rarely reaches double-digit temperatures with snow and frost common occurences, although the snow rarely settles. During this time, Londoners stay warm by drinking at the pub, hibernating indoors and shopping up a storm for Christmas. When dressing for winter in London, the key is layers from thermals to jumpers, coats, hats, boots and gloves. Remember: most indoor places are heated so a warm coat that can be removed easily will come in handy.

Average temperatures: 2 - 8 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Warm layers and a waterproof parka.
Don't forget: Gloves and a scarf.

Spring: March to May

London comes back into bloom in March with the beginning of spring and warmer weather. Average high temperatures throughout this time range between 11 and 17 degrees Celsius, although colder weather is still common, particularly at night. Spring also marks the highly popular Chelsea Flower Show, with locals out in force to view spring in London at its very best. Don't miss the traditional Head of the River race in March followed by the Oxford vs Cambridge boat race in April. Pimms all round!

Average temperatures: 4 - 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: A number of layers and a warm coat.
Don't forget: Your camera to capture the beautiful spring blooms.