Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Scotland United Kingdom

We show the climate in Scotland by comparing the average weather in 3 representative places: Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Inverness.

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Average High and Low Temperature in Scotland

Average High and Low Temperature in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec30°F30°F35°F35°F40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F523466433564513242NowNowEdinburghEdinburghAberdeenAberdeenInvernessInverness
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground.
HighJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Edinburgh 43°F45°F48°F52°F57°F62°F65°F65°F61°F55°F48°F44°F
Aberdeen 44°F44°F47°F50°F55°F59°F63°F63°F59°F54°F48°F44°F
Inverness 42°F44°F47°F52°F57°F61°F64°F64°F59°F53°F47°F43°F
LowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Edinburgh 34°F34°F36°F39°F43°F48°F51°F51°F48°F43°F38°F35°F
Aberdeen 35°F35°F37°F39°F43°F48°F52°F52°F49°F44°F39°F36°F
Inverness 32°F33°F35°F37°F42°F47°F50°F50°F46°F41°F36°F33°F

Edinburgh

Average Hourly Temperature in EdinburghJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldvery coldcoldcoolcool

Aberdeen

Average Hourly Temperature in AberdeenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldvery coldcoldcoolcool

Inverness

Average Hourly Temperature in InvernessJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldvery coldcoldcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chance of Clearer Skies in Scotland

Chance of Clearer Skies in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%503246NowNowEdinburghEdinburghAberdeenAberdeenInvernessInverness
The percentage of time the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy (i.e., less than 60% of the sky is covered by clouds).
Clearer SkiesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Edinburgh 33%36%36%40%44%46%49%48%45%39%36%34%
Aberdeen 36%36%38%42%47%46%48%47%44%40%39%37%
Inverness 34%35%36%40%44%43%45%44%43%39%35%35%

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Scotland

Daily Chance of Precipitation in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%3825223524NowNowEdinburghEdinburghAberdeenAberdeenInvernessInverness
The percentage of days in which precipitation is observed, excluding trace quantities.
Days of Precip.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Edinburgh 11.0d7.9d8.6d7.8d8.2d8.6d9.7d9.5d9.4d11.0d10.8d10.8d
Aberdeen 10.7d8.1d8.8d7.3d7.0d7.7d8.4d8.7d9.2d11.5d11.2d11.0d
Inverness 9.6d7.3d7.8d7.5d8.2d9.3d9.9d9.9d9.1d10.2d9.4d9.3d

Average Monthly Rainfall in Scotland

Average Monthly Rainfall in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.0 in0.5 in0.5 in1.0 in1.0 in1.5 in1.5 in2.0 in2.0 in2.5 in2.5 in3.0 in3.0 in2.61.52.82.21.2NowNowEdinburghEdinburghAberdeenAberdeenInvernessInverness
The average rainfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
RainfallJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Edinburgh 2.0″1.6″1.6″1.6″1.6″1.8″2.2″2.3″2.1″2.5″2.3″2.2″
Aberdeen 2.1″1.8″1.7″1.5″1.4″1.7″1.9″2.1″2.2″2.8″2.6″2.3″
Inverness 1.4″1.2″1.2″1.2″1.4″1.9″2.0″2.2″2.0″2.1″1.7″1.5″

Hours of Daylight in Scotland

Hours of Daylight in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec4 hr4 hr6 hr6 hr8 hr8 hr10 hr10 hr12 hr12 hr14 hr14 hr16 hr16 hr18 hr18 hr20 hr20 hr17.67.0NowNowEdinburghEdinburghAberdeenAberdeenInvernessInverness
The number of hours during which the Sun is at least partly above the horizon.
DaylightJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Edinburgh 7.7h9.7h12.0h14.3h16.4h17.5h16.9h14.9h12.7h10.3h8.2h7.1h
Aberdeen 7.5h9.5h11.9h14.4h16.6h17.8h17.1h15.1h12.7h10.3h8.0h6.8h
Inverness 7.4h9.5h11.9h14.4h16.7h17.9h17.2h15.1h12.7h10.2h8.0h6.7h

Chance of Muggy Conditions in Scotland

Chance of Muggy Conditions in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%NowNowAberdeenAberdeen
The percentage of time that is muggy, oppressive, or miserable (i.e., a dew point greater than 65°F).
Muggy daysJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Edinburgh 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d
Aberdeen 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d
Inverness 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d

Average Wind Speed in Scotland

Average Wind Speed in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph18 mph18 mph20 mph20 mph15.810.118.3NowNowEdinburghEdinburghAberdeenAberdeenInvernessInverness
The average of mean hourly wind speeds at 10 meters above the ground.
Wind Speed (mph)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Edinburgh 15.614.714.011.911.010.310.210.712.112.913.614.5
Aberdeen 18.116.915.613.111.510.810.411.313.615.516.617.3
Inverness 14.914.414.111.910.710.210.010.411.912.512.913.6

Average Water Temperature in Scotland

Average Water Temperature in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec40°F40°F42°F42°F44°F44°F46°F46°F48°F48°F50°F50°F52°F52°F54°F54°F56°F56°F58°F58°F57425643NowNowEdinburghEdinburghInvernessInverness
The daily average wide-area surface water temperature.
Water Temp.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Edinburgh 44°F42°F43°F45°F49°F53°F56°F57°F56°F53°F50°F46°F
Aberdeen 45°F43°F43°F44°F47°F51°F55°F56°F55°F53°F50°F48°F
Inverness 44°F43°F43°F45°F49°F53°F56°F57°F55°F52°F49°F46°F

Tourism Score in Scotland

Tourism Score in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810105.70.1NowNowEdinburghEdinburghAberdeenAberdeenInvernessInverness
The tourism score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F.

Beach/Pool Score in Scotland

Beach/Pool Score in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810100.8NowNowAberdeenAberdeenInvernessInverness
The beach/pool score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.

Growing Season in Scotland

Growing Season in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%20%20%40%40%60%60%80%80%100%100%NowNowEdinburghEdinburghAberdeenAberdeenInvernessInverness
The percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season, defined as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Growing Degree Days in Scotland

Growing Degree Days in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec200°F200°F400°F400°F600°F600°F800°F800°F1,000°F1,000°F1,200°F1,200°FNowNowEdinburghEdinburghAberdeenAberdeenInvernessInverness
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, where growing degree days are defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature (50°F in this case).

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Scotland

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in ScotlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh5.80.4NowNowEdinburghEdinburghAberdeenAberdeenInvernessInverness
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter.
Solar Energy (kWh)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Edinburgh 0.51.22.43.95.35.75.54.53.11.70.70.4
Aberdeen 0.51.22.33.95.35.85.54.53.01.60.60.3
Inverness 0.41.12.33.95.25.65.44.32.91.50.60.3

This report illustrates the typical weather for Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Inverness year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

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