Why does it rain so much in London?

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Before you first set foot in London, you are under the impression that hellish blows of wind and rain would be the most crucial parts of the trip. The reality is quite different. After some investigation, I found out that London isn’t by far the rainiest city in the world, and because it rains time and time again, this makes England considerably warmer than it should have been. Where does it all come from? It has something to do with the British love-hate relationship with rain and the weather: they say the weather’s dreadful, but you never seem to talk about anything else. I think it’s a great ice breaker during conversations. Secretly inside, every Brit adores the rain, and I’m sure they couldn’t live without it – not without a short burst from time to time, at least.

The thing about rain in London is:

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– It’s doesn’t amount to much rain. London has less rain than:

  • Zurich: 42.5 inches
  • Milan: 39 inches
  • New York City: 47.2 inches
  • Miami: 60 inches
  • New Orleans: 63 inches
  • Dallas: 37 inches

While London only 29 inches.

But in all honesty, it does rain quite frequently.

It rains about 140 days a year in London. Which is more than New York (120 days), San Antonia ( 85 days), Miami (130 days),

But London’s reputation for rain is higher than the reality of it, because:

  1. It rains throughout the year.
  2. It rains for a long time.
  3. It rains on sunny days, and thus people notice it. In New York, you don’t go outside on rainy days because it’s obvious it’s wet. In London, you think it’s sunny and BOOM.
  4. When it’s not raining, it’s cloudy, which people still think it’s crappy. And people talk about it relentlessly.

So why does it rain so much?

It rains less in London than in many other parts of the U.K.

The wettest areas of the U.K. are on the western side of the country, not the eastern side. This is because the U.K. weather is characterised by westerly wind patterns, bringing wet air in from the Atlantic, which deposits most of its rain before it reaches the eastern side.

Check out: 26 things to do in London on a rainy day

So, contrary to popular belief, it DOES NOT rain all the time in London! Yet, it is always advisable to bring some waterproof clothing and be psychologically prepared!