The February Weather in London
This post is an overview of the February weather in London, with tips on how to dress and things to do, including things to do at night, with kids and for free. If you will be in London at the start or end of the month, then you should also read our reports on the weather in December and January.
February tends to be a bit cold in London, however, not as cold as many other cities in Northern Europe. Afternoon high temperatures tend to be in the mid-40s F (7-8C) early in February warming to the upper 40sF to near 50 F (9-10C) by the end of the month. On a couple of the warmer afternoons, daytime temperatures can reach into the mid-50s F (12-14C) or higher. Late night and early morning low temperatures tend to average in the upper 30s F to near 40 F (3-5C) but a few of the colder mornings can dip down to the lower 30sF (0 to -1C) or less.
On average, about 10 days this month with see clear or at least partly sunny skies while about 18 days will be cloudy or mostly cloudy. Rain or snow falls on about 15-16 days this month, however, only about 6-7 days records at least 1 mm (0.04 inches) of precipitation. Of the 16 days where some precipitation occurs, about 3 days on average will see some snow. Snow is more likely early in the month than towards the end of the month.
Daylight hours increase quickly this month from just over 9 hours on February 1st to almost 11 hours by the 28th. London during February can be a bit windy with wind speeds ranging mostly between 7mph and about 17 mph (11-27 kph) but can exceed 20-25 mph (32-40 kph) at times.
It is best to dress in layers during the winter months in London and a winter coat a must for the colder and windier days. Don’t forget a good pair of walking shoes and an umbrella for the frequent wet days and you should also be prepared for the possibility of some snow.
Below are 10 top things to do in February in London. Read our full post on what to do in London during the month of February, which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions, as well as our definitive post on the best things to do in London.
- Celebrate Chinese New Year
- Visit the British Museum
- Spend the Night Out on Valentine’s Day
- Visit William and Kate at Kensington Palace
- Stop by the Victoria and Albert Museum
- Stroll through the eclectic neighborhood of Camden Town
- Eat some Flapjacks on National Pancake Day
- Attend the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens
- Get a Bird’s Eye View of London from the Sky Garden or the Shard
- Attend a Play at Shakespeare Gardens