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Detailed Relative Humidity Data

Current
Measure Value
Relative Humidity 93%
Humidity Trend +3% /hr
24hr Mean Humidity 89%
Wet-Bulb Temperature 1.4 °C
Absolute Humidity 5.15 gm-3
Air Density 1293.87 gm-3
Recent Averages and Extremes
Measure Today Yesterday
Minimum 79%
05:20
86%
23:50
Maximum 93%
08:01
96%
22:25
Mean 84%
92%
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Averages, Extremes and Records
Current Station Lifetime (09-21)
Measure 7-day Month 31-day Year 365-day Overall Jan 16th Jan
Lowest
Min
79%
Today
77%
7th
75%
27th
77%
7th Jan
25%
5th Apr
21%
25th Mar 2017
42%
Day 6, 2009
51%
2012
Highest
Max
97%
13th
97%
13th
97%
13th
97%
13th Jan
98%
17th Aug
98%
6th Feb 2009
98%
Day 6, 2010
98%
2010
Highest
Min
91%
14th
91%
14th
91%
14th
91%
14th Jan
94%
7th Dec
98%
23rd Dec 2009
98%
Day 14, 2010
90%
2010
Lowest
Max
92%
11th
90%
4th
86%
25th
90%
4th Jan
71%
22nd Jul
56%
20th Jul 2010
62%
Day 6, 2009
83%
2015
Lowest
Mean
84%
Today
84%
Today
82%
25th
84%
Today
53%
5th Apr
39%
2nd May 2013
52%
Day 6, 2009
69%
2015
Highest
Mean
95%
13th
95%
13th
95%
13th
95%
13th Jan
95%
7th Dec
98%
23rd Dec 2009
98%
Day 14, 2010
96%
2010
Averages                
Mean 91% 90% 90% 90% 77% 76% 84% 83%
Mean
Minimum
86% 84% 84% 84% 62% 60% 74% 73%
Mean
Maximum
95% 94% 94% 94% 90% 89% 92% 91%

Past Year Monthly Averages and Extremes (January 2020 - December 2020)
Extremes Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Lowest
Min
70%
17th
50%
11th
29%
25th
25%
5th
28%
21st
33%
2nd
29%
31st
26%
7th
44%
14th
55%
1st
61%
2nd
75%
5th
Highest
Max
97%
21st
97%
2nd
94%
5th
96%
26th
93%
7th
94%
13th
95%
8th
98%
17th
96%
1st
96%
2nd
97%
5th
97%
7th
Highest
Min
90%
22nd
83%
15th
90%
5th
72%
28th
61%
10th
71%
10th
80%
9th
90%
15th
81%
3rd
92%
4th
90%
29th
94%
7th
Lowest
Max
88%
4th
81%
11th
76%
23rd
73%
14th
72%
11th
80%
24th
71%
22nd
79%
3rd
81%
27th
89%
28th
90%
3rd
86%
25th
Lowest
Mean
82%
29th
67%
11th
56%
24th
53%
5th
55%
22nd
57%
2nd
54%
30th
56%
7th
68%
10th
77%
19th
78%
2nd
82%
25th
Highest
Mean
93%
22nd
90%
15th
92%
5th
90%
28th
80%
1st
85%
18th
90%
8th
93%
15th
87%
30th
93%
4th
93%
27th
95%
7th
Averages Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean 87% 81% 75% 67% 62% 71% 71% 74% 76% 87% 87% 89%
Mean
Minimum
79% 68% 58% 46% 40% 52% 53% 56% 57% 75% 77% 84%
Mean
Maximum
92% 90% 88% 86% 84% 88% 87% 89% 90% 93% 94% 93%

Past Year Seasonal Averages
Season Daily Min Daily Max Mean
Winter 19/20 77%
92%
86%
Spring 2020 48%
86%
68%
Summer 2020 53%
88%
72%
Autumn 2020 70%
93%
83%

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 Jan 31-day Year 365-day
Least
Humid
50%
Ending 9th May 2016
60%
May 2011
73%
2009
58%
Ending 6th May 2011
73%
2016
71%
Ending 17th Jul 2017
Most
Humid
96%
Ending 27th Nov 2014
92%
Dec 2009
90%
Current
93%
Ending 20th Jan 2010
90%
2021
79%
Ending 7th Apr 2010
Lowest
Mean
Daily-Min
32%
Ending 19th Jul 2013
40%
May 2020
59%
2009
37%
Ending 21st Jul 2018
57%
2015
56%
Ending 11th Jul 2015
Highest
Mean
Daily-Min
92%
Ending 27th Nov 2014
84%
Current
84%
Current
86%
Ending 20th Jan 2010
84%
2021
63%
Ending 19th Mar 2020
Lowest
Mean
Daily-Max
73%
Ending 25th Apr 2017
76%
Apr 2017
83%
2017
76%
Ending 30th Apr 2017
85%
2016
82%
Ending 2nd Sep 2017
Highest
Mean
Daily-Max
98%
Ending 17th Jan 2010
97%
Dec 2009
96%
2014
97%
Ending 28th Dec 2009
94%
2021
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 21%
25th Mar 2017
56%
20th Jul 2010
39%
2nd May 2013
2 22%
15th Jul 2013
56%
2nd May 2013
41%
5th May 2016
3 22%
18th Jul 2016
61%
28th Mar 2012
41%
15th Jul 2013
4 24%
8th Sep 2012
62%
6th Jan 2009
43%
20th Jul 2010
5 24%
30th Jun 2015
63%
21st Feb 2013
43%
28th Mar 2012
6 24%
10th Jul 2015
63%
2nd Jul 2018
43%
2nd Jul 2018
7 24%
19th Jul 2015
64%
31st Jan 2009
44%
10th Jul 2015
8 24%
23rd Jun 2018
65%
2nd Feb 2012
44%
1st Jul 2015
9 25%
19th Apr 2018
65%
27th May 2013
45%
17th Jul 2013
10 25%
25th Jun 2018
65%
1st Jul 2015
45%
30th Jun 2015


Most Humid Months
Rank Min Max Mean
1 84%
Current
97%
Dec 2009
92%
Dec 2009
2 84%
Dec 2009
96%
Nov 2014
90%
Nov 2014
3 84%
Dec 2020
96%
Feb 2010
90%
Current
4 82%
Jan 2010
96%
Jan 2014
90%
Jan 2010
5 81%
Nov 2014
95%
Jan 2010
89%
Dec 2020
6 80%
Dec 2010
95%
Oct 2012
89%
Nov 2019
7 80%
Nov 2019
95%
Nov 2011
89%
Feb 2010
8 79%
Dec 2019
95%
Nov 2019
89%
Nov 2011
9 79%
Dec 2017
95%
Oct 2013
88%
Dec 2010
10 79%
Dec 2018
95%
Nov 2009
88%
Jan 2014
Least Humid Months
Rank Min Max Mean
1 40%
May 2020
76%
Apr 2017
60%
May 2011
2 41%
Jul 2018
79%
Jun 2017
60%
Apr 2017
3 42%
Jul 2013
80%
May 2011
61%
Jun 2015
4 42%
May 2011
80%
Apr 2011
61%
Jul 2013
5 42%
Jun 2015
80%
Apr 2011
62%
Apr 2011
6 43%
Jul 2014
80%
Jun 2015
62%
May 2020
7 43%
Jul 2015
80%
Jul 2017
62%
Jul 2018
8 44%
Jun 2014
81%
Jul 2010
63%
Jul 2015
9 44%
Apr 2015
82%
Jul 2015
63%
Jul 2010
10 44%
May 2015
82%
Dec 2016
63%
Jun 2017


Most Humid Days in January
Rank Min Max Mean
1 98%
Day 14, 2010
98%
Day 6, 2010
98%
Day 14, 2010
2 98%
Day 15, 2010
98%
Day 11, 2010
98%
Day 15, 2010
3 96%
Day 30, 2014
98%
Day 12, 2010
98%
Day 30, 2014
4 96%
Day 4, 2015
98%
Day 13, 2010
98%
Day 18, 2010
5 95%
Day 18, 2010
98%
Day 14, 2010
98%
Day 19, 2010
Least Humid Days in January
Rank Min Max Mean
1 42%
Day 6, 2009
62%
Day 6, 2009
52%
Day 6, 2009
2 42%
Day 11, 2009
64%
Day 31, 2009
56%
Day 31, 2009
3 45%
Day 20, 2017
68%
Day 3, 2009
58%
Day 3, 2009
4 46%
Day 5, 2009
72%
Day 4, 2009
62%
Day 4, 2009
5 47%
Day 3, 2009
76%
Day 28, 2011
63%
Day 22, 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.