When to come to London

Spring weather (from March to May)
Spring in the UK is generally a calm, cool and dry season, particularly because the Atlantic has lost much of its heat throughout the autumn and winter. However, as the sun rises higher in the sky and the days get longer, temperatures can rise relatively high, but often tend to drop off again at night due to the cool oceans and the warm weather dependent solely on the sun. Thunderstorms and heavy showers can develop occasionally particularly towards the end of the season.
There is a fair chance of snow earlier in the season when temperatures are colder.
Mean temperatures in spring are markedly influenced by latitude. Most of Scotland and the mountains of Wales and northern England are the coolest areas of the UK, with average temperatures ranging from -0.6 to 5.8 C (30.9 to 42.4 F). The southern half of England experiences the warmest spring temperatures of between 8.8 and 10.3 C (47.8 and 50.5 F). // (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_the_United_Kingdom)

What's on: Head of the River Race, St Patrick's Day

What's on: London Marathon, The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race

What's on: Chelsea Flower Show, May Day

Summer weather (from June to August)
Summer lasts from June to August and is the warmest season. Rainfall totals can have a wide local variation due to localised thunderstorms. These thunderstorms mainly occur in southern, eastern, and central England and are less frequent and severe in the north and west. North Atlantic depressions are not as severe in summer but increase both in severity and frequency towards the end of the season.
Climatic differences at this time of year are more influenced by latitude and temperatures are highest in southern and central areas and lowest in the north. Generally, summer temperatures rarely exceed 32 degrees, which happens more frequently in London and the South East than other parts of the country. Scotland and northern England have the coolest summers (average 12.2 C (54.0 F) to 14.8 C (58.6 F)). // (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_the_United_Kingdom)

What's on: Wimbledon Championships, the Derby at Royal Ascot (horse racing), Trooping the Colour

What's on: The Proms, Hampton Court Flower Show

What's on: The Proms, Notting Hill Carnival

Autumn weather (from September to November)
Autumn in the United Kingdom lasts from September to November. The season is notorious for being unsettled-as cool polar air moves southwards following the sun, it meets the warm air of the tropics and produces an area of great disturbance along which the country lies. This combined with the warm ocean due to heating throughout the spring and summer, produces the unsettled weather of autumn. In addition, when the air is particularly cold temperatures on land may be colder than the ocean, resulting in significant amounts of condensation and clouds which bring rain to the country. // (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_the_United_Kingdom)

We believe September and October are the best months to come to the UK.
What's on: Mayor's Thames festival, Open House London (explore hundreds of inspiring buildings in London for free), London Jazz Festival

What's on: theatres

The Mayor's Thames Festival, Remembrance Day, Diwali, Guy Fawkes London

Winter weather (from December to February)Winter in the UK is defined as lasting from December to February. The season is generally cool, wet and windy. Temperatures at night rarely drop below -10 C (14 F) and in the day rarely rise above 15 C (59 F). Precipitation is plentiful throughout the season, though snow is relatively infrequent despite the country's high latitude: The only areas with significant snowfall are the Scottish highlands. For a majority of the landmass snow is possible but not frequent, apart from the higher altitudes, where snow can lie 1-5 months or even beyond 6 months.
Towards the later part of the season the weather usually stabilises with less wind, less precipitation and lower temperatures. This change is particularly pronounced near the coasts mainly because the Atlantic ocean is often at its coldest during this time after being cooled throughout the autumn and the winter. The early part of winter however is often unsettled and stormy; often the wettest and windiest time of the year. // (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_the_United_Kingdom)

What's on: Christmas London decoration, New Year's Eve celebration

What's on: after-Christmas sales, affordable theatre tickets

What's on: low hotel prices, Chinese New Year

Updated on 08/2012.

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