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70 degrees in London

So, we will be there first of June. Current weather shows 70 degrees high. So, does 70 degrees in London feel like 70 degrees in Florida?

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Not as humid! AC, if available, is not as cold but likely wouldn't be on at 70.

Are you thinking this sounds hot or cold, lol?

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I actually used to live in FL so that's why I was asking what OP thought. To me 70 is comfortable, verging on hot!

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70 here is awesome. Our winters are like rarely 60. At Christmas it is usually 70. Here at 70 I'd probably wear jeans or shorts....but I know sometimes 70 one place feels different than another. So I wasn't sure. We are going to Inverness where it will be a bit colder...so trying to think about how to pack :)

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I’m going to England in a week and am already dreading the heat I’m coming back to in Texas. Already hit 90+ this week. :(

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Ah 70 degrees will soon be just a lovely memory here. 93 tomorrow. 98 on Memorial Day
70 in London is quite pleasant.

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. So, does 70 degrees in London feel like 70 degrees in Florida?

Yes and no. When its 70 in Fla. its probably that temp for most of the day. In London, in June, 70 will be the peak temp that will be reached later in the day. So when it does reach 70 in London it will feel like Fla.

My $0.02

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Also headed to London (next week) and looking at the forecasts every day as I plan my packing. I suppose it could change but I t looks like quite a bit of rain when we’re there. Temps look great though. It’ll be 90 here the day we fly out but only high 60s/70ish there. I’m curious if the rainy days tend to be off and on or all day downpours. Could impact how much walking around we do but I’m sure we’ll manage. We do have rain jackets at least! Originally I was going to bring some shorts but now idk if I’ll need them. Still have a few days to go...

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Yes and no. When its 70 in Fla. its probably that temp for most of the day. In London, in June, 70 will be the peak temp that will be reached later in the day. So when it does reach 70 in London it will feel like Fla.

I disagree, even when it does reach 70f (21c) it'll still never feel like Florida. I've never been in London or elsewhere in the UK where despite temperatures being similar to Florida does it feel the same, the heat is simply different.

Anyway, forecasts for the UK for even two weeks out is very hit and miss. The BBC (using the Meterological Ofiice for their forecast) is usually the most accurate for the UK but it's not uncommon to revise their forecast several times during the day. Yesterday for example the forecast started out as sunny with a light afternoon cloud, then a bit later showers were forecast, then frequent showers but then it ended up with no rain at all. Currently the BBC is showing London on the 1st June as being 17c and cloudy. This could, and likely will, change the closer you get to the date. Either way, it will not feel like Florida.

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The temperature when you head out in the morning and when you return from the theatre in the evening may be a lot cooler than the high for the day. And an average high gives you no clue about the range of temperatures you may experience. I suggest going to timeanddate.com or wunderground.com and looking at the day-by-day temperatures in early June for at least the last 3 years.

I've learned that even same-day forecasts for London can be very inaccurate as far as precipitation is concerned, and a blue sky at 9 AM is no guarantee of a rain-free day, so I pretty much never head out without my rain jacket.

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I've been to London numerous times in June, including last year, and have never felt the need to wear shorts, but carry a rain jacket with me wherever I go, even if it doesn't look like rain when I leave the hotel in the morning. Compared to your summer in Florida, you are going to think you've died and gone to heaven when you experience London temperatures.

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Originally I was going to bring some shorts but now idk if I’ll need them.

I was in London last week and if you wear shorts you'll stick out like a sore thumb. This is a metropolitan area and London is a little more reserved than other major European cities IMO.

Last week it would be a little brisk in the morning, but would warm up nicely. I usually left my coat in the room because by noon it would be too warm and I didn't want to carry it for the rest of the day. Londoners would be all bundled up and I'd be walking around in shirtsleeves.

I found the Underground also uncomfortably warm when wearing a jacket. The only time I wore my jacket was a few nights going to dinner.

We were blessed with great weather. Our last day was cloudy and later in the afternoon we got a few light showers. It was great for me, because I went out in the evening to do some street photography and the roads and sidewalks reflected the colorful lights.

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Regarding the weather I really wouldn’t over think it.

I agree with Emma. Come prepared for warm and cool, wet and dry. We left the umbrellas at home and never needed them. You can always buy one if necessary.

The week before we were in France and spent a wonderful afternoon visiting Chenonceau. During the course of the afternoon, we experienced warm and sunny, cloudy and cool, light rain, a thunderstorm and a 10 minute drenching rain!

Emma, this was our third time in London, the first being in 1966! As always, we had a wonderful time and found Londoners friendly and helpful. We were there because my wife was invited to this .

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This thread is super helpful - thank you! I'm coming from 90 degrees and am expecting to be freezing. Planning to wear layers and peel and replace as needed throughout the day. Hoping Trooping the Colour won't see any rain! :)

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I'm in Colorado and just got 13 inches of snow. We're heading to England on June 1st and looking forward to warming up and seeing the sun!

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Thanks to all who have posted, this is very helpful. I know weather forecasting is dicey but it's nice to hear from ppl who are there now or go often. And here in Tennessee, we are also used to ever-changing weather. I looked at the BBC forecast and it is considerably brighter/warmer than the weather channel.
I'm still bringing a pair of shorts or a skort, though. If it gets up to 80 when I'm there, I'm going to be comfortable lol. I also have looked at the weather underground historic data but find it only moderately helpful, esp given climate changes in the past decade. Last year, we were told by pretty much everyone we wouldn't need shorts in Germany or Amsterdam in late May. That ended up being so wrong, not that I blame anyone except Mother Nature, but I am glad I didn't listen. It was 80+ for several days and 90 one day in Amsterdam (unexpected heat wave) and thankfully I had packed a pair of shorts and a skort. The kids and my bf just had one pair and we washed them a few times. We will pack as best we can to be prepared for various possibilities, probably mostly temps will be in the 60s/up to low 70s during the day, some rain, some sun. Layers will be key. Rain jackets as well. I am debating bringing umbrellas. Maybe will bring one, and can buy another if we find it useful. Leaving in 4 days!! EEEEEEEEE! So excited!

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Last year April-July was record-breakingly warm over the UK, and much of western and central Europe. This doesn't show up so much in stats though as it is a non-standard period. As August was decidedly ordinary, the summer period of June-Aug was pulled down into the pack, albeit still in the cream at the top.

By contrast this year, April-May in the UK at least has been on the lower side of normal if anything, apart from a warm week or so round Easter and at the moment. It seems there could be another coolish spell next week.

Weather in the UK rarely has humidity approaching anywhere near the likes of Florida (or further round the Gulf), except when there is a 'Spanish Plume' resulting in exceptionally high temperatures and thunderstorm activity. Usually get at least one of these a year in June-Aug.

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I am a big fan of seersucker pants when sightseeing in hot weather.

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I was in London last week and if you wear shorts you'll stick out like a sore thumb. This is a metropolitan area and London is a little more reserved than other major European cities IMO.

I disagree. In June you can guarantee, 100% that I'll be in shorts (unless I'm at a wedding or a restaurant etc). I try to avoid visiting London as much as possible but if I'm there in June I'll be shorts and I certainly won't look out of place. Yes, London is a bit more fashion conscious and multi cultural than the rest of Britain but to suggest it's more reserved than other major European cities couldn't be further from the truth in terms of fashion (social interractions, displays of affection/emotion etc then yes, more reserved but not where fashion is concerned).

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kajasmin- Thanks for the post! We are leaving in a couple of days for London and have been asking this question ourselves. Thanks for all who replied. It has been quite helpful!

Dan

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Cala, why searsucker? Its just a weave and can be any fiber, actually dont think i have seen any for about 30 years! Or is this another American English verses English English? Do alot of dressmaking so genuinly interestex😀

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In my mind, seersucker is always 100% cotton! I wouldn’t have thought about that being an Americanism, but maybe it is??!!

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I was in London last week and if you wear shorts you'll stick out like a sore thumb. This is a metropolitan area and London is a little more reserved than other major European cities IMO.

I disagree. In June you can guarantee, 100% that I'll be in shorts (unless I'm at a wedding or a restaurant etc). I try to avoid visiting London as much as possible but if I'm there in June I'll be shorts and I certainly won't look out of place.

Well, compared to Paris and Rome, my experience is London is a tad more reserved. Maybe June will be different than last week, but it was obvious that the few folks I saw wearing shorts around town were Americans. I saw them at the usual tourist attractions. I can't recall seeing shorts in the Underground or on Wimpole and Oxford Street. I can't imagine visiting such venerable sites as St. Paul's and Westminster Abbey in a t-shirt and shorts. I have too much respect for the history and the sacrifices of those who are honored there. From Westminster Abbey:

Dress code: Westminster Abbey is a Church and a place of daily worship. Visitors are requested to dress modestly and that gentlemen remove their hats while in Church.

There may be some question about the term "dress modestly", but for me it includes "respectfully".

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I was in London last June during the heat wave and felt completely comfortable in shorts, as did almost everyone else around me. Every trip across the pond in summer, I prepare for either extreme because the weather is so incredibly changeable over a two week period. I needed both shorts and fleece on that trip. Layers!

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Every trip across the pond in summer, I prepare for either extreme because the weather is so incredibly changeable over a two week period. I needed both shorts and fleece on that trip. Layers!

Totally agree with this Celeste! I will have both jackets, T-shirts, pants and shorts. Ya never know.

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There may be some question about the term "dress modestly", but for me it includes "respectfully".

What's disrespectful about wearinga pair of shorts and a smart polo shirt (I only wear polo shirts, I find t-shirts a bit thin and I would never wear a vest outside of the gym)?

How does wearing a pair of trousers or jeans make it more respectful? I'm afraid it's a bit of an old fashioned viewpoint and whilst I have absolutely no belief in god or any religious deity I'm pretty certain that for those who do believe He (She, Them) really wouldn't care whether I'm wearing shorts or a full on dinner suit. After all, it's alleged that we were 'made' naked, clothes are simply a human construct.

I've been in plenty of places of worship, just out of interest in the architecture and history, wearing shorts and never experienced any negativity, never been reprimanded or advised against such clothing. I also recall plenty of shorts being worn when I visitited the Salt Lake Temple, or do the 'rules' not apply there?

Unlike Italy, for eg, this is not a Catholic country and you don’t find the same restrictions on what to wear in churches. No one is going to make you wear a shawl to cover your shoulders or knees

As a practising Anglican, I don’t think there’s anything disrespectful about non-scruffy shorts when visiting a church. Although: you’ll probably get cold as those places are not warm.

Hats in church are a different matter and baseball caps etc should definitely be removed if grown men are wearing them. Just my opinion...

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What's disrespectful about wearinga pair of shorts and a smart polo shirt

As a practicing Anglican, I don’t think there’s anything disrespectful about non-scruffy shorts when visiting a church.

I agree. The problem is a significant number of the shorts wearing Americans I run into in Europe look like Onslow from "Keeping Up Appearances" or folks who would be featured on "The People of WalMart" web site.

I realize I come from a different time and culture. I was invited to a wedding to be held at 7:00 pm when I was a teenager. My mother said: "We'll have to rent you a tuxedo, the wedding is after 6:00". I replied "Why, I bet I'll be the only one there in a tuxedo." My mother replied: "Then you'll be the only male there appropriately dressed". I went in a tuxedo. There was one other man there who did as well.

I am also a practicing Anglican (Episcopalian). We recently had a young man attend our service in scruffy and dirty clothes. He was also soaking wet. We found out he was homeless. One of our church members went home and got him some clean, dry clothes. We also washed and dried what he had. We spent the afternoon getting him hooked up with agencies who could help him.

Finally I'm reminded of another fuddy-duddy who felt sadness and remorse with changes that don't seem to improve life- Ray Davies of the Kinks. As he said in one of his songs: "God save little shops, china cups, and virginity!"

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There is a big difference, in general, between what European men wear as shorts and shirts, and the typical American Wal Mart look.

Not that there's anything wrong with that! Thar she blows!

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I was in London from May 10 through May 18. I was warm most days with cool AM’s and evening. It was in low to mid 70’s for a few hours each day. We had a few days in the upper 59’s though. I was pleasantly surprised to have warm weather.

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After 40+ trips to the UK over about 20 years, I found it generally felt a bit cooler there than the same temps here (Charlotte, NC). Except for the Underground stations (LOL). While humid, it was nothing like Carolina humidity- less 'invasive' and 'clingy' is the only way I can describe it. I wore cotton blend 'Docker's' /kahki types of pants - usually black, khaki/beige, or grey. Winter or summer I wore the same kind ( though in winter I usually took, but seldom needed a pair of panty hose or tights to wear under them in case it got really cold). In summer I took 3 or 4 medium weight knit type shirts (picture loose, A-line polos or tunic length, heavier T's). I'd also take 1 or 2 short sleeve button ups that could be worn individually or combined with the knit shirts, and maybe one 3/4 or long sleeve button up or very light blazer type jacket to dress up outfits at night (and for theatres which are sometimes too cool for me). Lots of ways to combine and layer. You can always buy a cardigan/sweater (the Brits call them jumpers) if you find you need more warmth.

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My son just came home from a year abroad in London, yesterday. He said it was downright hot there! He's complaining about how cold it is here in Los Angeles...it's in the mid-60s! 70 in London is not bad...no real humidity but what is kind of yuck is the exhaust from cars seems to stick to you and the lack of interior AC in may places makes it a bit stuffy. Other than that it isn't bad!

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It's not just the temperature, but the wind as well. Breezy days feel a lot cooler than calm ones.