Destination guide: London, England
London is a city where you’ll find a whole world of history and culture in each of its colorful streets. As in other cities in Europe, London has an incredible ethnic mix, which gives a certain edge to this area of the United Kingdom.
On travelling through this fascinating city, you’ll find a large number of tourist attractions, among which are Westminster Abbey (a church where the remains of the Royal Family are buried and where important marriages are usually held), the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, the Greenwich National Maritime Museum and the British Museum, as well as the numerous parks scattered throughout London.
London - Weather Overview
Many who live in London would swear that global warming has added a twist to the city’s unpredictable climatic conditions. While locals used to complain about the frequent, but still somehow always unforeseen, arrival of rain, now they find themselves faced with sudden outbreaks of sunshine and heat instead. Recent summers have seen record temperatures approaching 40°C.
However, meteorologists point out that recent statistics don’t represent anything terribly out of the ordinary yet for such a naturally variable climate. The average maximum temperature for July, the hottest month, is still only about 23°C. In spring and autumn temperatures drop to between 13°C and 17°C. In winter the average daily maximum is 8°C, the overnight minimum 2°C. Despite the appearance of snow in the past few years, it still rarely freezes in London.
What weather forecasters do predict in the long term, as a result of climate change in London, is drier summers, wetter and stormier winters and more flash floods. Meanwhile, for more immediately useful reports on actual and imminent conditions in Greater London, contact Weathercall ([tel] 09068 500 401; www.weathercall.co.uk; calls cost per min 60p) or visit www.bbc.london.co.uk/weather for a five-day forecast.