What is the weather like in London during December?

This post is a summary of the December weather in London, with tips on what to wear as well as things to do.

If you will be in London at the start or the end of the month, then check out our weather guides for November and January.  

 

 


AVERAGE DECEMBER TEMPERATURES

Early this month, the afternoon high temperatures tend to be 9-10 C (upper 40’s F) with overnight lows around 5-6 C (lower 40’s F). On a couple of the warmer days, high temperatures will reach 12-13 C (mid-50’s F). The highest temperature recorded here in December was 17 C (63 F).  

 

Weather in London in December

As we near Christmas, daytime highs tend to be mostly 6-7 C (mid-40’s F) and early morning lows around 3-4 C (upper 30’s F). A few mornings will see temperatures dipping down to around -1 to -2 C (30 F). The coldest temperature recorded in London in December was -12 C (10 F).

 


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HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN

The sun is low in the sky this month with daylight averaging about 8 hours. Skies this month tend to be partly to mostly overcast with about 9-10 days seeing at least 1 mm (.04 inches) of precipitation, mostly falling in the form of light to moderate rain. 

 

Average Sun and Rain in London in December

 

DOES IT SNOW IN LONDON IN DECEMBER?

Some snow is reported here in December, but only on about 2-3 days.

 


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WHAT TO WEAR

It is always best to carry an umbrella in London and during December, winter attire like hats and gloves with a medium to heavy coat will also be needed. Temperatures can drop significantly at night, so be sure to bring extra layers if you will be out after dark. Also, don’t forget festive clothing if you plan to celebrate the holidays here! 

 

What to Wear in London in December

 

  • Thick coat 
  • Sweater 
  • Wooly hat 
  • Scarf 
  • Gloves 
  • Winter boots 
  • Multiple layers

 


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THINGS TO DO IN DECEMBER

December is a magical time to be in London, especially the 2nd half of the month. We have created a post listing over 40 different things to do. Below is our list of the top 10.

You should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

 

 

Read the full December list here as well as our post on things to do specifically for Christmas.

 


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