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Detailed Relative Humidity Data

Current
Measure Value
Relative Humidity 88%
Humidity Trend +1% /hr
24hr Mean Humidity 89%
Wet-Bulb Temperature 4.6 °C
Absolute Humidity 6.19 gm-3
Air Density 1269.52 gm-3
Recent Averages and Extremes
Measure Today Yesterday
Minimum 86%
04:16
74%
13:03
Maximum 95%
00:13
97%
10:02
Mean 90%
90%
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Averages, Extremes and Records
Current Station Lifetime (09-19)
Measure 7-day Month 31-day Year 365-day Overall Nov 18th Nov
Lowest
Min
70%
12th
70%
11th
62%
30th
29%
21st Apr
29%
22nd Apr
21%
25th Mar 2017
47%
Day 27, 2011
60%
2016
Highest
Max
97%
17th
98%
8th
98%
8th
98%
13th Oct
98%
8th Nov
98%
6th Feb 2009
98%
Day 1, 2009
98%
2010
Highest
Min
86%
Today
88%
1st
89%
24th
90%
24th Jan
90%
12th Oct
98%
23rd Dec 2009
96%
Day 20, 2011
92%
2013
Lowest
Max
89%
12th
89%
12th
87%
29th
74%
23rd May
74%
11th Jul
56%
20th Jul 2010
72%
Day 28, 2016
77%
2016
Lowest
Mean
85%
13th
83%
11th
79%
30th
51%
23rd May
51%
23rd May
39%
2nd May 2013
61%
Day 28, 2016
70%
2016
Highest
Mean
90%
Today
93%
1st
94%
24th
94%
24th Oct
94%
24th Oct
98%
23rd Dec 2009
98%
Day 20, 2011
96%
2013
Averages                
Mean 88% 88% 87% 77% 78% 75% 86% 84%
Mean
Minimum
77% 78% 76% 60% 62% 59% 75% 75%
Mean
Maximum
93% 95% 94% 90% 90% 89% 93% 92%

Past Year Monthly Averages and Extremes (November 2018 - October 2019)
Extremes Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Lowest
Min
60%
8th
63%
12th
54%
28th
32%
25th
40%
10th
29%
21st
33%
13th
30%
29th
33%
24th
32%
25th
36%
14th
59%
2nd
Highest
Max
98%
6th
98%
5th
96%
25th
97%
14th
97%
10th
95%
9th
96%
9th
96%
10th
96%
23rd
95%
17th
96%
20th
98%
13th
Highest
Min
93%
16th
89%
5th
90%
24th
88%
1st
80%
6th
84%
7th
71%
17th
80%
13th
75%
27th
76%
14th
80%
24th
90%
12th
Lowest
Max
85%
3rd
86%
14th
81%
14th
85%
26th
79%
28th
77%
23rd
74%
23rd
80%
3rd
74%
11th
82%
1st
81%
1st
87%
9th
Lowest
Mean
77%
3rd
76%
14th
73%
28th
66%
25th
66%
11th
52%
21st
51%
23rd
61%
6th
54%
25th
61%
26th
63%
1st
78%
2nd
Highest
Mean
95%
16th
94%
27th
93%
24th
93%
1st
86%
3rd
90%
7th
84%
9th
91%
10th
88%
27th
89%
14th
91%
24th
94%
24th
Averages Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Mean 87% 87% 83% 82% 77% 72% 71% 75% 69% 72% 76% 86%
Mean
Minimum
77% 79% 74% 67% 60% 52% 50% 56% 50% 51% 58% 73%
Mean
Maximum
94% 93% 90% 93% 89% 87% 89% 90% 86% 90% 89% 94%

Past Year Seasonal Averages
Season Daily Min Daily Max Mean
Winter 18/19 73%
92%
84%
Spring 2019 54%
88%
73%
Summer 2019 52%
89%
72%
Autumn 2018 69%
92%
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 Nov 31-day Year 365-day
Least
Humid
50%
Ending 9th May 2016
60%
May 2011
75%
2016
58%
Ending 6th May 2011
73%
2016
71%
Ending 17th Jul 2017
Most
Humid
96%
Ending 27th Nov 2014
92%
Dec 2009
90%
2014
93%
Ending 20th Jan 2010
77%
2010
79%
Ending 7th Apr 2010
Lowest
Mean
Daily-Min
32%
Ending 19th Jul 2013
41%
Jul 2018
66%
2016
37%
Ending 21st Jul 2018
57%
2015
56%
Ending 11th Jul 2015
Highest
Mean
Daily-Min
92%
Ending 27th Nov 2014
84%
Dec 2009
81%
2014
86%
Ending 20th Jan 2010
62%
2010
62%
Ending 20th Jun 2018
Lowest
Mean
Daily-Max
73%
Ending 25th Apr 2017
76%
Apr 2017
80%
2016
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
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 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%
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%
Dec 2017
95%
Jan 2010
89%
Nov 2011
6 79%
Dec 2018
95%
Oct 2012
88%
Current
7 79%
Nov 2011
95%
Nov 2011
88%
Dec 2010
8 78%
Current
95%
Oct 2013
88%
Jan 2014
9 77%
Dec 2012
95%
Nov 2009
88%
Dec 2017
10 77%
Nov 2010
95%
Nov 2009
87%
Dec 2018
Least Humid Months
Rank Min Max Mean
1 41%
Jul 2018
76%
Apr 2017
60%
May 2011
2 42%
Jul 2013
79%
Jun 2017
60%
Apr 2017
3 42%
May 2011
80%
May 2011
61%
Jun 2015
4 42%
Jun 2015
80%
Apr 2011
61%
Jul 2013
5 43%
Jul 2014
80%
Apr 2011
62%
Apr 2011
6 43%
Jul 2015
80%
Jun 2015
62%
Jul 2018
7 44%
Jun 2014
80%
Jul 2017
63%
Jul 2015
8 44%
Apr 2015
81%
Jul 2010
63%
Jul 2010
9 44%
May 2015
82%
Jul 2015
63%
Jun 2017
10 44%
Apr 2011
82%
Dec 2016
64%
May 2015


Most Humid Days in November
Rank Min Max Mean
1 96%
Day 20, 2011
98%
Day 1, 2009
98%
Day 20, 2011
2 96%
Day 21, 2011
98%
Day 3, 2009
98%
Day 21, 2011
3 96%
Day 16, 2014
98%
Day 8, 2009
98%
Day 26, 2014
4 96%
Day 22, 2014
98%
Day 9, 2009
98%
Day 24, 2012
5 96%
Day 23, 2014
98%
Day 10, 2009
98%
Day 23, 2014
Least Humid Days in November
Rank Min Max Mean
1 47%
Day 27, 2011
72%
Day 28, 2016
61%
Day 28, 2016
2 47%
Day 28, 2016
77%
Day 18, 2016
68%
Day 29, 2016
3 47%
Day 29, 2016
78%
Day 9, 2012
68%
Day 27, 2011
4 51%
Day 1, 2014
78%
Day 7, 2016
69%
Day 21, 2015
5 52%
Day 2, 2012
78%
Day 24, 2016
70%
Day 18, 2016

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.