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Detailed Relative Humidity Data

Current
Measure Value
Relative Humidity 55%
Humidity Trend -4% /hr
24hr Mean Humidity 78%
Wet-Bulb Temperature 6.8 °C
Absolute Humidity 5.36 gm-3
Air Density 1214.88 gm-3
Recent Averages and Extremes
Measure Today Yesterday
Minimum 54%
11:30
72%
11:57
Maximum 86%
00:14
87%
23:30
Mean 78%
79%
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Averages, Extremes and Records
Current Station Lifetime (09-17)
Measure 7-day Month 31-day Year 365-day Overall Feb 23rd Feb
Lowest
Min
54%
Today
54%
Today
54%
Today
45%
20th Jan
22%
18th Jul
22%
15th Jul 2013
40%
Day 19, 2012
49%
2015
Highest
Max
87%
22nd
88%
5th
88%
8th
88%
29th Jan
95%
5th Sep
98%
6th Feb 2009
98%
Day 6, 2009
98%
2010
Highest
Min
77%
21st
81%
1st
84%
31st
84%
31st Jan
88%
2nd Aug
98%
23rd Dec 2009
98%
Day 11, 2013
84%
2010
Lowest
Max
83%
17th
78%
14th
78%
14th
76%
20th Jan
67%
14th Aug
56%
20th Jul 2010
63%
Day 21, 2013
76%
2013
Lowest
Mean
76%
17th
74%
14th
74%
14th
66%
21st Jan
41%
5th May
39%
2nd May 2013
54%
Day 2, 2012
66%
2013
Highest
Mean
81%
21st
84%
10th
85%
31st
85%
31st Jan
93%
10th Sep
98%
23rd Dec 2009
98%
Day 11, 2013
94%
2010
Averages                
Mean 79% 80% 80% 78% 73% 75% 80% 79%
Mean
Minimum
67% 70% 72% 69% 58% 59% 66% 65%
Mean
Maximum
85% 85% 85% 84% 84% 89% 90% 88%

Past Year Monthly Averages and Extremes (February 2016 - January 2017)
Extremes Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan
Lowest
Min
42%
28th
30%
14th
32%
27th
27%
8th
32%
6th
22%
18th
29%
26th
36%
13th
46%
6th
47%
28th
51%
4th
45%
20th
Highest
Max
92%
13th
94%
10th
91%
15th
94%
11th
93%
20th
91%
13th
93%
2nd
95%
5th
88%
27th
83%
19th
90%
12th
88%
29th
Highest
Min
83%
13th
83%
9th
67%
15th
80%
11th
88%
1st
62%
27th
88%
2nd
83%
10th
79%
25th
79%
14th
81%
30th
84%
31st
Lowest
Max
74%
2nd
77%
31st
73%
18th
67%
5th
77%
7th
68%
7th
67%
14th
80%
14th
69%
6th
72%
28th
78%
4th
76%
20th
Lowest
Mean
61%
27th
60%
31st
54%
13th
41%
5th
58%
10th
55%
6th
51%
14th
62%
13th
60%
6th
61%
28th
68%
26th
66%
21st
Highest
Mean
88%
13th
89%
9th
86%
15th
88%
11th
90%
1st
80%
12th
89%
2nd
93%
10th
81%
25th
80%
15th
83%
30th
85%
31st
Averages Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan
Mean 74% 74% 66% 66% 76% 66% 67% 75% 75% 75% 78% 77%
Mean
Minimum
57% 54% 45% 47% 59% 46% 47% 59% 64% 66% 73% 69%
Mean
Maximum
86% 88% 86% 83% 88% 83% 85% 87% 82% 80% 82% 83%

Past Year Seasonal Averages
Season Daily Min Daily Max Mean
Winter 15/16 66%
84%
76%
Spring 2016 49%
86%
69%
Summer 2016 51%
85%
70%
Autumn 2016 63%
83%
75%

View daily tables of min / max / mean Humidity data for the past year
View monthly tables of min / max / mean Humidity data for all months in the station history.

Last 24hrs  LondonHumidity 12month mean  LondonHumidity 12month min  LondonHumidity 12month max  LondonHumidity
Record Period Averages
Measure 7-day Month Feb 31-day Year 365-day
Least
Humid
50%
Ending 9th May 2016
60%
May 2011
74%
2016
58%
Ending 6th May 2011
73%
2016
72%
Ending 28th Jan 2017
Most
Humid
96%
Ending 27th Nov 2014
92%
Dec 2009
89%
2010
93%
Ending 20th Jan 2010
78%
2017
79%
Ending 7th Apr 2010
Lowest
Mean
Daily-Min
32%
Ending 19th Jul 2013
42%
Jul 2013
57%
2016
40%
Ending 15th May 2011
57%
2015
56%
Ending 11th Jul 2015
Highest
Mean
Daily-Min
92%
Ending 27th Nov 2014
84%
Dec 2009
75%
2010
86%
Ending 20th Jan 2010
69%
2017
62%
Ending 8th Apr 2010
Lowest
Mean
Daily-Max
73%
Ending 20th Jul 2013
80%
May 2011
85%
Current
77%
Ending 7th May 2011
84%
2017
84%
Ending 21st Feb 2017
Highest
Mean
Daily-Max
98%
Ending 17th Jan 2010
97%
Dec 2009
96%
2010
97%
Ending 28th Dec 2009
91%
2009
92%
Ending 1st Mar 2010

Ranked Historical Humidity Data

Most Humid Days
Rank Min Max Mean
1 98%
23rd Dec 2009
98%
6th Feb 2009
98%
23rd Dec 2009
2 98%
24th Dec 2009
98%
9th Feb 2009
98%
24th Dec 2009
3 98%
30th Dec 2009
98%
10th Feb 2009
98%
30th Dec 2009
4 98%
14th Jan 2010
98%
13th Feb 2009
98%
14th Jan 2010
5 98%
15th Jan 2010
98%
7th Aug 2009
98%
15th Jan 2010
6 98%
29th Dec 2010
98%
8th Aug 2009
98%
29th Dec 2010
7 98%
22nd Oct 2012
98%
15th Sep 2009
98%
30th Dec 2010
8 98%
23rd Oct 2012
98%
16th Sep 2009
98%
20th Nov 2011
9 98%
11th Feb 2013
98%
7th Oct 2009
98%
21st Nov 2011
10 98%
8th Mar 2013
98%
10th Oct 2009
98%
22nd Oct 2012
Least Humid Days
Rank Min Max Mean
1 22%
15th Jul 2013
56%
20th Jul 2010
39%
2nd May 2013
2 22%
18th Jul 2016
56%
2nd May 2013
41%
5th May 2016
3 24%
8th Sep 2012
61%
28th Mar 2012
41%
15th Jul 2013
4 24%
30th Jun 2015
62%
6th Jan 2009
43%
20th Jul 2010
5 24%
10th Jul 2015
63%
21st Feb 2013
43%
28th Mar 2012
6 24%
19th Jul 2015
64%
31st Jan 2009
44%
10th Jul 2015
7 26%
19th Apr 2011
65%
2nd Feb 2012
44%
1st Jul 2015
8 26%
2nd May 2013
65%
27th May 2013
45%
17th Jul 2013
9 27%
25th May 2011
65%
1st Jul 2015
45%
30th Jun 2015
10 27%
28th Mar 2012
65%
11th Jul 2015
45%
8th May 2016


Most Humid Months
Rank Min Max Mean
1 84%
Dec 2009
97%
Dec 2009
92%
Dec 2009
2 82%
Jan 2010
96%
Nov 2014
90%
Nov 2014
3 81%
Nov 2014
96%
Feb 2010
90%
Jan 2010
4 80%
Dec 2010
96%
Jan 2014
89%
Feb 2010
5 79%
Nov 2011
95%
Jan 2010
89%
Nov 2011
6 77%
Dec 2012
95%
Oct 2012
88%
Dec 2010
7 77%
Nov 2010
95%
Nov 2011
88%
Jan 2014
8 76%
Jan 2013
95%
Oct 2013
87%
Dec 2012
9 76%
Jan 2011
95%
Nov 2009
87%
Nov 2010
10 76%
Jan 2014
95%
Nov 2009
87%
Jan 2013
Least Humid Months
Rank Min Max Mean
1 42%
Jul 2013
80%
May 2011
60%
May 2011
2 42%
May 2011
80%
Apr 2011
61%
Jun 2015
3 42%
Jun 2015
80%
Apr 2011
61%
Jul 2013
4 43%
Jul 2014
80%
Jun 2015
62%
Apr 2011
5 43%
Jul 2015
81%
Jul 2010
63%
Jul 2015
6 44%
Jun 2014
82%
Jul 2015
63%
Jul 2010
7 44%
Apr 2015
82%
Dec 2016
64%
May 2015
8 44%
May 2015
82%
Jul 2013
64%
Apr 2015
9 44%
Apr 2011
82%
Oct 2016
65%
Jun 2014
10 44%
Aug 2013
83%
Jul 2016
65%
Jul 2014


Most Humid Days in February
Rank Min Max Mean
1 98%
Day 11, 2013
98%
Day 6, 2009
98%
Day 11, 2013
2 95%
Day 9, 2009
98%
Day 9, 2009
97%
Day 22, 2010
3 94%
Day 16, 2010
98%
Day 10, 2009
96%
Day 9, 2009
4 94%
Day 22, 2010
98%
Day 13, 2009
96%
Day 6, 2010
5 93%
Day 20, 2011
98%
Day 3, 2010
96%
Day 7, 2010
Least Humid Days in February
Rank Min Max Mean
1 40%
Day 19, 2012
63%
Day 21, 2013
54%
Day 2, 2012
2 41%
Day 2, 2012
65%
Day 2, 2012
55%
Day 21, 2013
3 41%
Day 24, 2015
66%
Day 22, 2013
57%
Day 22, 2013
4 42%
Day 28, 2016
74%
Day 2, 2016
61%
Day 27, 2016
5 43%
Day 1, 2012
74%
Day 27, 2016
61%
Day 19, 2012

Notes:

  • Valid humidity records began in February 2009
  • All figures, unless specified, relate to the period midnight-midnight, this being when daily extremes are reset
  • 98% is the physical limit of the hygrometer (measuring RH); in reality this tends to means 100% saturation of the air. This value is achieved fairly frequently, any record with this value is just the first instance it occurred in the relevant timeframe.

The different measures of humidity:
The Dew Point (or frost point if the temperature is < 0.0 °C  is the saturation temperature of a parcel of air, i.e. the point at which water condenses out. It is the temperature at which an object would need to be for dew to form on it (dew forms because certain objects - like cars - cool more rapidly than the air, enabling them to reach the dew point). It is directly proportional to the specific humidity, and very well correlated to the absolute humidity. In everyday terms, high dew points are more uncomfortable as sweating is less effective.
Relative Humidity, on the other hand, is rather more abstract and has a very technical definition: the ratio of the partial pressure of water vapour in the air to the saturated vapour pressure of that water. The saturated vapour pressure is proportional to the air temperature, and the partial pressure indicates how much water vapour the air contains, so at a given temperature, the RH is entirely dependent on this partial pressure, making the RH useful in determining the extent to which the air is water-saturated. For example: When it rains the relative humidity will increase, but the dew point may not, as the temperature will usually fall as well. If the dew point is the same when the RH increases, the air has the same amount of water but it is cooler, so it is more saturated, as less water vapour can exist in cooler air.
Simply and concisely: Dew point is a rough measure of how much water vapour is physically in the air; relative humidity is just a measure of the degree to which the air is full of water vapour (i.e. its saturation). One is an absolute measure, the other is relative.