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Usual weather in Scotland

Do you need to know, when is the best time to go to Scotland? Then you should take a look here, what weather you can expect there during the year.

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What weather to expect in Scotland

Scotland is part of United Kingdom. The climate of United Kingdom is temperate, weather is moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current. More than one-half of the days are overcast. Weather is usually quite unstable here. Generally speaking, you can expect cool and often cloudy weather. You can also expect warmer weather in the southern part of UK.

When speaking about the usual weather in this area, the information is relevant for example for these popular places: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Aberdour, Aberfeldy, Achiltibuie, Ailsa Craig, Angus, Annan, Arbroath, Ardlui, Ardrossan, Argyll and Bute, Arisaig, Armadale, Aviemore, Ayr, Ayrshire, Balloch, Balmaha, Banchory, Banff, Barra, Bearsden, Benbecula, Berneray, Birnam, Birsay, Blair Atholl, Bo'ness, Brae, Bressay, Bridge of Allan, Broadford, Bunessan, Burntisland, Burra, Cairngorms National Park, Caithness and Sutherland, Calgary, Callander, Campbeltown, Canna, Carbost, Carluke, Carrbridge, Castle Douglas, Central Belt, Clydesdale, Clydeside, Coatbridge, Colbost, Coll, Colonsay, Craignure, Crianlarich, Crieff, Culloden, Culross, Cumbernauld, Dalkeith, Dingwall, Dollar, Dornie, Douglas, Doune, Drummore, Drumnadrochit, Drymen, Dulnain Bridge, Dumbarton, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Dunbar, Dunblane, Dundee, Dunfermline, Dunkeld, Dunoon, Dunvegan, Durness, East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Eigg, Elgin, Elgol, Eriskay, Fair Isle, Falkirk, Fife, Fionnphort, Forfar, Forres, Fort Augustus, Fort William, Fortrose and Rosemarkie, Foula, Fraserburgh, Gairloch, Gardenstown, Girvan, Glasgow, Glenbrittle, Glencoe, Glenelg, Glenfinnan, Gourock, Grantown on Spey, Great Bernera, Greenock, Gretna, Gullane, Haddington, Hamilton, Harris, Hawick, Hebrides, Helensburgh, Helmsdale, Hillswick, Holy Island, Hoy, Huntly, Inner Hebrides, Inveraray, Inverbeg, Inverkip, Inverness, Iona, Irvine, Islay, Isle of Arran, Isle of Bute, Isle of Jura, Isle of Lismore, Jedburgh, John o'Groats, Kelso, Kilbirnie, Kilcreggan, Kilmarnock, Kilmartin, Kilsyth, Kilwinning, Kingussie, Kinlochbervie, Kirk Yetholm, Kirkcaldy, Kirkcudbright, Kirkintilloch, Kirkwall, Knoydart, Kyle of Lochalsh, Kyleakin, Lanark, Largs, Lerwick, Lesmahagow, Leven, Leverburgh, Lewis, Linlithgow, Livingston, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Loch Ness, Lochbuie, Lochinver, Lockerbie, Lossiemouth, Mallaig, Melrose, Methlick, Millport, Milngavie, Moray, Motherwell, Muck, Mull, Musselburgh, New Lanark, Newton Stewart, North Berwick, North East Scotland, North Queensferry, North Uist, North West Highlands Geopark, Oban, Orkney Islands, Outer Hebrides, Paisley, Papa Westray, Peebles, Perth, Perth and Kinross, Peterhead, Pitlochry, Plockton, Polmont, Portree, Portsoy, Prestwick, Raasay, Rannoch Moor, Ross and Cromarty, Rosyth, Rousay, Rum, Salen, Sanday, Scalloway, Scottish Borders, Scottish Highlands, Selkirk, Shapinsay, Shetland Islands, Skipness, Skye, Sligachan, Small Isles, South Queensferry, South Ronaldsay, South Uist, South West, St Andrews, St Kilda, Stein, Stenness, Stirling, Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire, Stonehaven, Stoneywood, Stornoway, Stranraer, Strathpeffer, Stromness, Strontian, Sumburgh, Tain, Tarbert, Tarbet, Taynuilt, Tayvallich, The Great Glen and Strathspey, The Lothians, The Summer Isles, Thurso, Tiree, Tobermory, Torridon, Tranent, Trondra, Troon, Uig, Ullapool, Unst, Walls, West Kilbride, Westhill, Westray, Wick, Yell.

Let's look now what weather you can expect in the area around Glasgow and in many other cities. The warmest month here is July, the average maximum temperature is 19.1 ℃ (66.38 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 11.4 ℃ (52.52 ℉). The coldest month here is January, the average maximum temperature is 6.1 ℃ (42.98 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 1.2 ℃ (34.16 ℉). The most rainy month here is January, the average number of rainy days is 16.9. The least rainy month here is June, the average number of rainy days is 11.8.

When travelling around Scotland, always consider the altitude of the the place as well. We should remind you, that the highest point in United Kingdom is Ben Nevis (1343 m) and the lowest point is The Fens (-4 m). So the differences in altitudes in this country are not negligible and you should expect the weather to be different in places in different altitudes. Keep in mind, that the temperature usually decreases by 1.2 - 1.9 ℃ (2.2 - 3.5 ℉) per 200 m (656 ft), depending on the other conditions. (And we should add, that in the very special condition named thermal inversion even the temperature may be higher in higher altitudes.)

Please, keep in mind, that this is not a weather forecast, but the information about the usual weather (average). This should help you to decide, when is the best time to go to Scotland. Read more details about the typical weather there in all individual months below:

January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December


January

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in January is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in January is 6.1 ℃ (42.98 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 1.2 ℃ (34.16 ℉). At the beginning of January you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 6.25 ℃ (43.25 ℉). At the end of January you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 6.4 ℃ (43.52 ℉). The average number of rainy days in January is 16.9. The average rainfall is 112.6 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 7:04 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 7:37 and at the end of the month 8:30.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

February

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in February is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in February is 6.7 ℃ (44.06 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 1.3 ℃ (34.34 ℉). At the beginning of February you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 6.4 ℃ (43.52 ℉). At the end of February you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 7.75 ℃ (45.95 ℉). The average number of rainy days in February is 13.5. The average rainfall is 87.1 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 8:30 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 9:34 and at the end of the month 10:42.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

March

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in March is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in March is 8.8 ℃ (47.84 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 2.5 ℃ (36.5 ℉). At the beginning of March you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 7.75 ℃ (45.95 ℉). At the end of March you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 10.3 ℃ (50.54 ℉). The average number of rainy days in March is 15.9. The average rainfall is 95.2 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 10:42 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:52 and at the end of the month 13:02.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

April

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in April is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in April is 11.8 ℃ (53.24 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 4.2 ℃ (39.56 ℉). At the beginning of April you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 10.3 ℃ (50.54 ℉). At the end of April you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 13.5 ℃ (56.3 ℉). The average number of rainy days in April is 12.4. The average rainfall is 62.7 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 13:02 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 14:11 and at the end of the month 15:17.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

May

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in May is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in May is 15.2 ℃ (59.36 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 6.7 ℃ (44.06 ℉). At the beginning of May you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 13.5 ℃ (56.3 ℉). At the end of May you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 16.65 ℃ (61.97 ℉). The average number of rainy days in May is 11.9. The average rainfall is 62 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 15:17 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 16:18 and at the end of the month 17:05.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

June

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in June is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in June is 18.1 ℃ (64.58 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 9.8 ℃ (49.64 ℉). At the beginning of June you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 16.65 ℃ (61.97 ℉). At the end of June you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 18.6 ℃ (65.48 ℉). The average number of rainy days in June is 11.8. The average rainfall is 66.2 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 17:05 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 17:32 and at the end of the month 17:31.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

July

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in July is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in July is 19.1 ℃ (66.38 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 11.4 ℃ (52.52 ℉). At the beginning of July you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 18.6 ℃ (65.48 ℉). At the end of July you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 18.8 ℃ (65.84 ℉). The average number of rainy days in July is 13. The average rainfall is 83.6 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 17:31 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 17:03 and at the end of the month 16:14.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

August

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in August is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in August is 18.5 ℃ (65.3 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 11 ℃ (51.8 ℉). At the beginning of August you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 18.8 ℃ (65.84 ℉). At the end of August you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 17.2 ℃ (62.96 ℉). The average number of rainy days in August is 13.9. The average rainfall is 100.4 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 16:14 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 15:14 and at the end of the month 14:09.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

September

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in September is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in September is 15.9 ℃ (60.62 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 9 ℃ (48.2 ℉). At the beginning of September you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 17.2 ℃ (62.96 ℉). At the end of September you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 13.95 ℃ (57.11 ℉). The average number of rainy days in September is 14.1. The average rainfall is 114.4 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 14:09 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 13:00 and at the end of the month 11:51.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

October

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in October is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in October is 12 ℃ (53.6 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 6.3 ℃ (43.34 ℉). At the beginning of October you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 13.95 ℃ (57.11 ℉). At the end of October you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 10.55 ℃ (50.99 ℉). The average number of rainy days in October is 16.7. The average rainfall is 128.3 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 11:51 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 10:42 and at the end of the month 9:35.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

November

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in November is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in November is 9.1 ℃ (48.38 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 3.6 ℃ (38.48 ℉). At the beginning of November you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 10.55 ℃ (50.99 ℉). At the end of November you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 7.75 ℃ (45.95 ℉). The average number of rainy days in November is 15.6. The average rainfall is 103.9 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 9:35 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 8:32 and at the end of the month 7:39.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

December

Typical (usual) weather in Scotland in December is this: The average highest temperature in Scotland in December is 6.4 ℃ (43.52 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 1.2 ℃ (34.16 ℉). At the beginning of December you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 7.75 ℃ (45.95 ℉). At the end of December you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 6.25 ℃ (43.25 ℉). The average number of rainy days in December is 14.9. The average rainfall is 102.5 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 7:39 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 7:05 and at the end of the month 6:59.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes, especially in mountains.

Below are average values, so you can consider them typical weather in Scotland in these places. The sign '-' means we don't have enough data for this item.

Edinburghtemperature: - highest temperature: 7.3 ℃ (45.14 ℉)lowest temperature: 1.5 ℃ (34.7 ℉)rainfall: 59.3mmrainy days: 11.3
Aberdeentemperature: - highest temperature: 6.8 ℃ (44.24 ℉)lowest temperature: 0.9 ℃ (33.62 ℉)rainfall: 77.2mmrainy days: 12.1
Glasgowtemperature: - highest temperature: 6.4 ℃ (43.52 ℉)lowest temperature: 1.2 ℃ (34.16 ℉)rainfall: 102.5mmrainy days: 14.9
Invernesstemperature: - highest temperature: 7.4 ℃ (45.32 ℉)lowest temperature: 1.4 ℃ (34.52 ℉)rainfall: 65.4mmrainy days: 13.1
Ullapooltemperature: - highest temperature: 5.3 ℃ (41.54 ℉)lowest temperature: -1.2 ℃ (29.84 ℉)rainfall: 178.3mmrainy days: 17.3




When you read about the number of mm of rainfall, you should know this: Light rain is when the precipitation rate is less than 2.5 mm (0.1 in) per hour. For moderate rain this number is between 2.5 mm and 10 mm (0.4 in), for heavy rain it is 10 mm - 50 mm (2.0 in). Violent rain has this number higher than 50 mm per hour.


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