The myth of rainy London. Does it rain that much?

Is London rainy? It seems that the general idea is that. No one would think of traveling to London without carrying a raincoat and even an umbrella in their suitcase. And yet, looking at the weather tables, it can be seen that it rains much less than it seems. We will try to prove it.

How much does it rain in London?

Year after year, the amounts of rain in the capital of Great Britain are repeated. The values ​​range between 600 and 700 mm of annual precipitation. Its alot? Not so much. They are values ​​identical to those that Barcelona can have. In fact, there are years in Barcelona where more water is recorded than the famous rainy London.

This is a surprising fact, but there is more. For example, sunny Dubrovnik in Croatia collects more rain than the English city. And yet, no one identifies the Pearl of the Adriatic with bad weather, just as no one will visit London without a raincoat, regardless of the time of year we travel, including summer.

More than rainy London, cloudy London

The reason is very simple. In London it is not that it rains more, it is that it rains many days a year. Little quantity, but many times. Something similar to what happens in regions of Spain, as is the case of many cities and towns in the Basque Country.

In fact, in the English capital it is rare the day that does not dawn cloudy. And, from there, there will be some days that it rains, more than 100 a year. Meanwhile, on other days the fog persists or a leaden atmosphere remains throughout the day.

The atmosphere loaded with moisture is always perceived. Hence the feeling is that of a rainy London. Even more so in winter and autumn, when temperatures are usually quite low.

London weather comparisons

As we have already said, the amount of rain that London receives throughout the year is not only similar to that of Barcelona. It is comparable to that of other European sites such as Paris, Berlin or Madrid.

And on the other hand, it is below other major capitals in northern Europe, such as Brussels, Oslo or Amsterdam. And even within Great Britain there are other places where much more rain falls, for example in Scotland.

Rainy London: what to visit

So once we’ve dispelled that rainy London myth and discovered that it has a particular climate, but perfectly bearable with the appropriate clothing and footwearnow we can only recommend a visit to this fascinating city that has so much to offer us.

It is true that it may rain, but that is not a big problem here, considering that London has some wonderful museums that are also free. That is the case of the British Museum or the National Gallery, full of masterpieces of universal painting.

Or if one prefers to shelter from the rain in other monuments, you can always visit The Globe theater, where Shakespeare premiered his plays, or the interior of Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

And when the sun comes up

However, even if it is cloudy, perhaps at some point during the day, that rainy London can give us a few hours of sunshine. It is then the ideal time to enjoy its large gardens, such as Hyde Park and the wonderful area of ​​Kensington.

It can also be used for window shopping and shopping. Where? In the elegant area of ​​Oxford Street or in the more alternative of Candem Town. That’s not to mention the walks in the Notting Hill area or the Sherlock Holmes route around Whitechapel.

Maybe at some point the rain will start, but we can always take refuge in a good pub typical to have something, from the classic tea to the no less essential pint of beer.

Besides, it is almost obligatory to walk along the banks of the Thames. The ideal is to walk from the Parliament of Westminster and Big Ben to the area of ​​the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. A walk that, if it is sunny, is wonderful.

But the walk even if it is a little cloudy or even a light rain falls, it has a huge appeal. Actually, it has its charm to do it like this, to be able to continue talking about that rainy London that we love so much.

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