London weather

London will host a huge number of Olympic and Paralympic events between July and September 2012.

Events in London: athletics, hockey, basketball, handball, water polo, cyclingequestrian, shootingbeach volleyball and tennis.

The newly built Olympic Park will host the athletics, aquatics, hockey, basketball, handball, water polo and cycling, while existing venues at Greenwich Park, the Royal Artillery Barracks, Wimbledon, Lord's Cricket Ground, Horse Guards Parade and Hyde Park will play home to a range of events, from equestrian to shooting and beach volleyball to tennis.

The Met Office has many observation sites across London, some of which have been in place for more than 100 years. These include St James' Park, Kew Gardens and Heathrow.

Historical records show that the capital normally sees temperatures reach the low 20 °Cs by day. The prevailing wind is south-westerly and rainfall through July to September doesn't usually exceed 50 mm. On average there is around six hours of sunshine per day.

30 year average data

London weather

Wind rose data

The circle below represents the direction the wind was blowing over July, August and September over a 10 year average from 2001-2011. The segments count the percentage of hours in the day where the wind was blowing from that direction.

London wind

Last updated: 27 June 2012

  • Tennis
    28 July - 5 August - Check the Wimbledon weather forecast to see if the roof will be needed on Centre Court for the Olympic Games.

  • Athletics
    3 - 12 August - Will new world records be set during the athletic events at the London 2012 Olympics? Check the weather forecast for the Olympic Games.

  • Beach volleyball
    28 July - 9 August - Check the weather forecast for the beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade.

  • Cycling - Road
    28 July - 1 August - The Olympic road cyclists will be cheered on by thousands of fans lining the route in central London.

  • Equestrian
    28 July - 9 August - Check the Greenwich Park forecast if you are planning to watch any of the equestrian events.