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What is the climate like in Scotland?

The climate of Scotland has an average yearly temperature of 11°C. Throughout the year, the average monthly temperature can drop to 5°C and rise to 17°C.

Annually, about 1737 mm of rain falls. This gives a good overview of how much rain to expect in Scotland. Additionally, about 89 cm of snow falls each year.

The best time to visit Scotland is June to September. Although it often rains during this period, it rains less than in other months. The temperatures are also good for visiting Scotland.

Temperature 5 to 17°C
Rain 1737 mm
Snow 89 cm

PoorStarStar

February in Scotland was cold and wet. There was little suns... more

Tessa

PoorStarStar

Although the unique atmosphere of the landscapes is very bea... more

Maarten Hietkamp

The climate of Scotland
  • Average yearly temperature: 11°C
  • Highest temperature: 17°C in July
  • Lowest temperature: 5°C in January and February
  • Precipitation: 1737 mm per year, averaging 145 mm by month
  • Driest months: 55 mm in April, 72 mm in June and 77 mm in May
  • Wettest months: 343 mm in January, 287 mm in February and 236 mm in December
  • Snowfall: 89 cm per year

Climate table Scotland

The climate table for Scotland shows the average temperatures, precipitation, snowfall, and UV index by month.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daytime temperature (°C) 5 5 7 10 13 16 17 16 15 11 7 6
Nighttime temperature (°C) 1 1 1 3 6 9 10 10 8 6 3 1
Precipitation (mm) 343 287 123 55 77 72 87 91 85 151 130 236
Snowfall (cm) 19 24 14 5,6 0,8 0 0 0 0 0 5,5 19
UV Index 1 2 3 5 5 6 5 5 3 2 1 1
Best month No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No

Temperature by month in Scotland

This graph shows the average high temperatures in degrees Celsius for each month in Scotland

Temperature by month in Scotland

Precipitation by month in Scotland

This graph shows the average monthly precipitation in millimeters in Scotland.

Precipitation by month in Scotland

Snowfall by month in Scotland

This graph shows the average snowfall in centimeters by month in Scotland.

Snowfall by month in Scotland

UV index by month in Scotland

This graph shows the average UV index by month in Scotland.

UV index by month in Scotland

Yearly temperature in Scotland

This graph shows the average yearly temperature in Scotland, measured in degrees Celsius.

Yearly temperature in Scotland

Yearly total precipitation in Scotland

This graph shows the average yearly precipitation in millimeters in Scotland.

Precipitation per year in Scotland

Yearly snowfall in Scotland

This graph shows the average yearly snowfall in Scotland, measured in centimeters.

Snowfall per year in Scotland

Weather experiences in Scotland

The weather in Scotland is rated an average of 2,6 out of 5 stars by 11 visitors.

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Weather Experience: Poor StarStar

February in Scotland was cold and wet. There was little sunshine and a lot of rain. The temperature was quite low, so it was necessary to dress warmly. The wind could be very strong. Not my favorite month to visit Scotland.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Poor StarStar

Although the unique atmosphere of the landscapes is very beautiful, the cold, almost constantly rainy climate made travel difficult. If you travel during this period, make sure you have good warm and waterproof clothing.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Moderate StarStarStar

April in Scotland proved cold with unexpected showers. The sun appeared sporadically, but quickly disappeared behind clouds. A coat was a necessity. The air was incredibly clean; nature was breathtaking.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Moderate StarStarStar

Rain can always occur spontaneously, so protection from this is necessary. Generally not bad.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Moderate StarStarStar

Although there were some beautiful sunny days, there were also many rainy and cold days. Weather for real adventurers, not ideal for beach lovers. Be sure to bring a warm coat.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Moderate StarStarStar

We had some nice sunny days, but also a lot of cloudy weather and rain. The temperature fluctuated between 15 and 20 degrees. So make sure to carry both sunscreen and a raincoat. Beautiful country but be prepared for changeable weather.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Poor StarStar

Although the pristine beauty is captivating, you can expect cold, cool and rainy days. Be prepared to be indoors a lot.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Moderate StarStarStar

On the one hand, we had cold, rainy days, but on the other hand, we also had sunny days with pleasant temperatures around 16 degrees. The scenery is always picturesque, regardless of the weather.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Poor StarStar

Although the fall colors were spectacular, the cold temperatures and constant rain made the visit challenging. There was rarely sunshine and most days were cool and dreary.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Moderate StarStarStar

Nature was impressively beautiful despite the changeable weather. Be prepared for all weather conditions.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Moderate StarStarStar

Constant changes of sunshine, clouds, rain and sometimes snow. Warmth! The landscapes are breathtaking regardless of the weather.— This text has been automatically translated into English

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Average weather in Scotland by month

Click on a month below to see in detail how the weather typically is in Scotland and what to expect. Based on the historical weather data of Scotland, you can view the average temperature, precipitation, wind, and UV index for each day of the month.