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Detailed Relative Humidity Data

Current
Measure Value
Relative Humidity 61%
Humidity Trend -3% /hr
24hr Mean Humidity 71%
Wet-Bulb Temperature 6.1 °C
Absolute Humidity 5.44 gm-3
Air Density 1274.60 gm-3
Recent Averages and Extremes
Measure Today Yesterday
Minimum 60%
16:32
45%
17:51
Maximum 85%
12:17
79%
23:31
Mean 77%
63%
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Averages, Extremes and Records
Current Station Lifetime (09-20)
Measure 7-day Month 31-day Year 365-day Overall March 30th Mar
Lowest
Min
29%
26th
29%
25th
29%
26th
29%
25th Mar
29%
26th Mar
21%
25th Mar 2017
21%
Day 25, 2017
32%
2014
Highest
Max
88%
27th
94%
5th
94%
19th
97%
21st Jan
98%
18th Dec
98%
6th Feb 2009
98%
Day 20, 2010
95%
2010
Highest
Min
60%
Today
90%
5th
90%
5th
90%
22nd Jan
91%
17th Dec
98%
23rd Dec 2009
98%
Day 8, 2013
83%
2018
Lowest
Max
79%
29th
76%
23rd
76%
23rd
76%
23rd Mar
74%
11th Jul
56%
20th Jul 2010
61%
Day 28, 2012
76%
2013
Lowest
Mean
56%
24th
56%
24th
56%
24th
56%
24th Mar
51%
23rd May
39%
2nd May 2013
43%
Day 28, 2012
58%
2014
Highest
Mean
77%
Today
92%
5th
92%
5th
93%
22nd Jan
94%
24th Oct
98%
23rd Dec 2009
98%
Day 8, 2013
90%
2018
Averages                
Mean 65% 76% 76% 81% 78% 76% 74% 71%
Mean
Minimum
43% 59% 59% 69% 63% 60% 57% 53%
Mean
Maximum
84% 88% 88% 90% 90% 89% 88% 87%

Past Year Monthly Averages and Extremes (March 2019 - February 2020)
Extremes Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb
Lowest
Min
40%
10th
29%
21st
33%
13th
30%
29th
33%
24th
32%
25th
36%
14th
59%
2nd
67%
20th
61%
14th
70%
17th
50%
11th
Highest
Max
97%
10th
95%
9th
96%
9th
96%
10th
96%
23rd
95%
17th
96%
20th
98%
13th
98%
8th
98%
18th
97%
21st
97%
2nd
Highest
Min
80%
6th
84%
7th
71%
17th
80%
13th
75%
27th
76%
14th
80%
24th
90%
12th
88%
1st
91%
17th
90%
22nd
83%
15th
Lowest
Max
79%
28th
77%
23rd
74%
23rd
80%
3rd
74%
11th
82%
1st
81%
1st
87%
9th
89%
12th
90%
7th
88%
4th
81%
11th
Lowest
Mean
66%
11th
52%
21st
51%
23rd
61%
6th
54%
25th
61%
26th
63%
1st
78%
2nd
82%
20th
78%
9th
82%
29th
67%
11th
Highest
Mean
86%
3rd
90%
7th
84%
9th
91%
10th
88%
27th
89%
14th
91%
24th
94%
24th
93%
1st
93%
17th
93%
22nd
90%
15th
Averages Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb
Mean 77% 72% 71% 75% 69% 72% 76% 86% 89% 88% 87% 81%
Mean
Minimum
60% 52% 50% 56% 50% 51% 58% 73% 80% 79% 79% 68%
Mean
Maximum
89% 87% 89% 90% 86% 90% 89% 94% 95% 94% 92% 90%

Past Year Seasonal Averages
Season Daily Min Daily Max Mean
Winter 19/20 75%
92%
85%
Spring 2019 54%
88%
73%
Summer 2019 52%
89%
72%
Autumn 2019 70%
93%
84%

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 March 31-day Year 365-day
Least
Humid
50%
Ending 9th May 2016
60%
May 2011
69%
2015
58%
Ending 6th May 2011
73%
2016
71%
Ending 17th Jul 2017
Most
Humid
96%
Ending 27th Nov 2014
92%
Dec 2009
81%
2018
93%
Ending 20th Jan 2010
81%
2020
79%
Ending 7th Apr 2010
Lowest
Mean
Daily-Min
32%
Ending 19th Jul 2013
41%
Jul 2018
48%
2014
37%
Ending 21st Jul 2018
57%
2015
56%
Ending 11th Jul 2015
Highest
Mean
Daily-Min
92%
Ending 27th Nov 2014
84%
Dec 2009
67%
2018
86%
Ending 20th Jan 2010
69%
2020
63%
Ending 19th Mar 2020
Lowest
Mean
Daily-Max
73%
Ending 25th Apr 2017
76%
Apr 2017
82%
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
92%
2018
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%
Nov 2019
5 80%
Nov 2019
95%
Jan 2010
89%
Feb 2010
6 79%
Dec 2019
95%
Oct 2012
89%
Nov 2011
7 79%
Dec 2017
95%
Nov 2011
88%
Dec 2010
8 79%
Dec 2018
95%
Nov 2019
88%
Jan 2014
9 79%
Nov 2011
95%
Oct 2013
88%
Dec 2019
10 79%
Jan 2020
95%
Nov 2009
88%
Dec 2017
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 March
Rank Min Max Mean
1 98%
Day 8, 2013
98%
Day 20, 2010
98%
Day 8, 2013
2 92%
Day 20, 2010
98%
Day 23, 2010
96%
Day 23, 2013
3 90%
Day 3, 2018
98%
Day 15, 2011
96%
Day 20, 2010
4 90%
Day 5, 2020
98%
Day 16, 2011
94%
Day 9, 2013
5 89%
Day 23, 2013
98%
Day 17, 2011
94%
Day 3, 2018
Least Humid Days in March
Rank Min Max Mean
1 21%
Day 25, 2017
61%
Day 28, 2012
43%
Day 28, 2012
2 27%
Day 28, 2012
68%
Day 25, 2013
50%
Day 12, 2015
3 28%
Day 12, 2015
69%
Day 24, 2009
50%
Day 27, 2012
4 29%
Day 25, 2020
69%
Day 9, 2014
50%
Day 25, 2017
5 29%
Day 26, 2020
69%
Day 6, 2015
52%
Day 9, 2014

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.