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A history of crazy weather in London

These days, the weather can be unpredictable – especially in a city like London.

Locals know too well how much the weather can change, not just by the day, but by the hour.

It’s become so unpredictable in fact that some bookies even let you bet on it.

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Many have noticed that London’s extreme weather has become crazier over time.

In this article we’ll explore some of the astonishing weather that Londoners and tourists have experienced over the years, as well as some predictions for the future about London’s changing weather.

London’s craziest weather

The snow of 1947

One of the biggest snowfalls in London happened not long after the end of the war, with record amounts of snow including ten foot drifts sweeping the country.

The cold weather started off during mid-February and lasted through to March, with 600 people said to have died as a result of this extreme weather. Nothing has been seen like it since.

Smog in 1952

London’s been known to have smog especially during the middle of the 20th century, but the smog of 1952 was nothing like the city had ever known — and lead to the deaths of over 4,000 people.

The great storm of 1953

The combination of gale force winds, high tides and low pressure were said to have caused the great storm of 1953 that no one was expecting.

The result was flooding that caused 32,000 people to be displaced and 307 people died as a result.

Big freeze of 1963

One of the coldest winters in London lasted over three months in 1963, with a record low of -23°C hitting the city.

The dry summer of 1976

And one of the warmest three months happened over a decade later in 1976, as one of the most extreme heat waves of the 20th century hit London and across the nation.

One of the hottest days known was 2003

Temperatures reached 38.5°C in Kent, with many people in London being hit with high temperatures during the heatwave.

This was matched in 2022 with parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire reaching 40°C in summer of 2022 – and London wasn’t far off.

Will the weather get crazier?

Some climate experts predict that with changes in global temperatures, we can expect more extremes across the world including cities like London.

Time will only tell which crazy weather highlights will be added to our list.

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