Scottish Highlands Weather & Climate


Local Weather & When to Visit
The Scottish Highlands are located in Northern Scotland, towns include Inverness, Skye, Fort William and Aviemore, local attractions include Cairngorms National Park, Ballindalloch Castle, Lochalsh Woodland Garden and Glenmorangie Whisky. The region has an oceanic climate with typically warm rather than hot summers and cool to cold winters.

The Scottish Highlands do get periods of cold, snowy and extreme weather however for the majority of the time the Highlands can be visited throughout the year. On average the hottest month is July in summer and the coldest is January in winter. Rainfall on average falls fairly evenly throughout the year, February is the driest month with September the wettest month.

The weather is unpredictable as with the rest of the UK and it is possible to see elements of all four seasons in one day. The region does experience snowfall in the winter and it can be heavy at times. It is advisable for visitors to check the weather forecast before they arrive in the Scottish Highlands to get a better idea of the sort of clothing they will need during their trip. Bringing hooded warm waterproof coats and hats will ensure visitors are prepared for any spells of wind and rain the region may experience.


Inverness Average Weather
Average Temperature high: 12.2°C (54.0°F)
Average Temperature low: 5.1°C (41.1°F)
Average Monthly Precipitation: 52.03 (mm)

Winter
The days are at their shortest and the temperature at the coolest, the days can be crisp and clear therefore if visitors do not mind the cold, it is possible to enjoy visiting the Scottish Highlands in winter. There is the possibility of snowfall during this time and it can get cold so visitors are advised to bring warm winter clothing. From December to February the average daytime temperatures are between 6°C and 7°C.

Spring
The climate is milder in spring making it a good time to visit the Scottish Highlands. There can be some great sunny days mixed with cooler and wet weather. Spring is a good time to visit the Highlands if visitors prefer the weather mild to warm and offers an alternative to visiting in peak summer. From March to May the average daytime temperatures are between 9°C and 14°C.

Summer
Most days in summer range from mild to warm with the possibility of some infrequent hotter days, the days are at their longest in the summer. There may be overcast and humid conditions in the summer. The average temperature in July and August is approx 18°C, making for pleasant summer temperatures. The summer is a good time to explore a number of local towns and villages and take in the scenery along the way. From June to August the average daytime temperatures are between 16°C and 19°C.

Autumn
The climate can vary from some pleasantly mild days particularly at the start of September to cooler and colder days in October and November. Autumn is a good time to visit the Highlands as it avoids the peak summer tourist season, whilst still having milder temperatures and longer hours of daylight particularly at the start of September. Visitors can see some wonderful autumn colours. From September to November the average daytime temperatures are between 9°C and 16°C.


Inverness Weather:

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