Is it a warm winter in London?

Jan 14th, 2005, 08:42 PM
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Is it a warm winter in London?

Is this a warm winter, a cold winter or a normal winter? Need to know for packing

As always many thanks.

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Jan 14th, 2005, 10:01 PM
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I was in London from 12/26-1/2 and it was warmer than usual. It was actually sunny everyday but a bit cool some days - down to the 30-'s but highs in the high 50-'s somedays. I hope the warm , sunny trend lasts!
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Jan 14th, 2005, 11:34 PM
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no it is NOT warm in London, could be around the freezing point, and always RAINY... could be snowing also, didn't snow this year, so next year, make it a 75% chance of snow as well.

equipment needed :

gloves and stuff
sweaters, thick WARM jacket
and rainjacket + umbrella ofcoz

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Jan 14th, 2005, 11:43 PM
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I know we have a different microclimate to London, but it's a very warm winter here in Aberdeenshire
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Jan 14th, 2005, 11:53 PM
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So far it's been exceptionally mild. Some of us were lucky enough to get a 20 minute snowfall on Christmas Day, buit that's the coldest has been so far. And there's only 4 weeks or so left of high risk of very low temperatures.

But the recent past in British weather is never an especially helpful guide to the immediate future.
And what do you mean by "cold" anyway: it's never cold in SE England by the standards of the US NE or Midwest, though it can often feel pretty chilly. And there are hypersensitive woosies on this board who go into shock whenever there's no serious risk of skin cancer.

Check the 5-day forecast before you leave, assume it'll be pretty wet, and come prepared for anything between 0 Centigrade at night to 18-20 during the day. And remember it's very likely to be cold, normal and pretty warm for this time of the year all within a couple of hours
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Jan 15th, 2005, 02:30 AM
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Yes, it seems to have been a very mild winter so far. It really depends what you are used to. Whether you are coming from Miami or Montreal will determine whether you think it's cold or not.

Living in London, I have not used any of the "equipment" Aquadigio suggests this winter: gloves and stuff,sweaters, thick WARM jacket and rainjacket + umbrella.

That's not to say I might not need any of them next week though.
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Jan 15th, 2005, 03:16 AM
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layers. t shirt type base with one or two more between your jacket. Same middle layers and be worn each day (no one will notice).
Gloves will be neeed.

There is no such thing as normal weather in London.
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Jan 15th, 2005, 10:14 AM
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My newspaper has been full of bragging letters about people seeing flowers in full bloom over the last few weeks. And sure enough, this morning I saw three daffodils cheerfully blooming away in the open. But the clouds were low and the air was drizzly; I was glad of my gloves and scarf. But some days this week I've been wondering if it wasn't time to switch to a lighter topcoat.

On the other hand, if there is going to be a cold snap, it could well be in late January - it often is. Or we might have sudden high winds again and lashing rain.

Or not.
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Jan 15th, 2005, 10:25 AM
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For what is worth, I was in London for 5 days in February 2002 and it rained for 20 minutes the day we arrived, that was it. I loved it!.
Jan 15th, 2005, 10:35 AM
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I have the London weather on my browser homepage so I've kind of been keeping an eye on it all winter and it seems like almost everyday the high temp has been around 50F.

Right now I'm looking at the thermometer outside my window and it says 23F - 50's sound pretty darn good right now!
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Jan 16th, 2005, 12:18 PM
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London weather will be a piece of cake to us. In Minneapolis today it isn't going to get above zero. i am looking forward to warming up in London in matter what the temp!!
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Jan 16th, 2005, 02:43 PM
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Over half of my visits to London have been in the off season. I love the cooler weather- jacket weather. Best time of the year to visit - the fall and winter. If the weather gets too much you can always stop in a pub or musuem to take a break.
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