British weather has a pretty bad reputation for being wet and gloomy, but that is not always true. We do experience a lot of heat when the summer moths come around but it’s no secret that British weather can be changeable. Many of you will have experienced walking into a shop when the sun is beaming down, only to walk back out and get drenched by rain. If you’re planning a trip to the capital then this handy guide will make sure you don’t get caught out by the erratic behaviour of Mother Nature!
Check the forecast
Before doing anything else, be sure to check the weather forecast so you know if it will be hot, cold, dry or rainy. It’s no secret that the weather man isn’t always right, but he can at least give you a good idea of what to expect. Depending on what the forecast says you can pack appropriate clothes and plan events around the weather. If you’re visiting London for just a few days then the forecast is liable to be more accurate but longer range projections could change, so be prepared.
Pick suitable clothing
It’s important to pick clothes that will be suitable for the weather so you don’t get caught out. You don’t want to be wearing sweaters if it’s going to be hot, and you don’t want to get rained on if you’re only wearing a t-shirt. If you’re visiting London this summer then you could be in for a hot few days, so be sure to pack light clothing that will breathe easily and keep you cool. There are a lot of great tourist survival tips in London but the best one is to always be prepared for the worst when it comes to British weather and that means packing lots of layers. Even if the forecast says sun, pack a light coat and an umbrella just in case so you’re prepared for every eventuality as you’re out and about.
Gone are the days when we had to wait for the weather report on TV or in the newspaper. Thanks to smart devices, everyone now carries a weather reporter around in their pocket. There are hundreds of apps available on mobile marketplaces that will give you live weather updates. Make sure you install a weather app on your smartphone or tablet before you set of on your trip to the capital. This will give you access to hour-by-hour weather reports which means you won’t get caught out by the rain, because you’ll see it coming.
Plan your events
There’s nothing worse than having a nice day planned outside, only for it to be ruined by the rain. There are a lot of amazing attractions and outdoor events throughout London but be sure to have some backup ideas planned in case you’re forced to head indoors. Museums and galleries are a great way to spend an afternoon if the weather turns bad. Taking advantage of our London hotel’s special offers will mean that you have somewhere to retreat to for a delicious meal or cosy bed if the clouds come out and the rain starts pouring.