Climate and Average Weather in Scotland

Scotland's oceanic climate is generally cool and very wet. The average annual high temperature is around 11 degrees Celsius (51° Fahrenheit). The day to day weather can vary enormously and is very unpredictable. The east coast has a marginally more continental climate than the west, which means it has drier weather, sunnier summers and colder winters.

The wettest parts of Scotland experience an average of 250 days of rain per year, whereas the driest parts only experience an average of about 150 days of rain per year. The average number of days with snow falling in Scotland ranges from 15 to 20 days, whereas on the peaks and mountains the number of days with snow falling is on average 100 days.

Scotland is generally cloudier than England. The coldest parts of Scotland are the higher areas, with an average of only 1100 hours of sun per year. The wettest places in the highlands account for more than 3,000 millimeters (118 inch) annually, while many places along the east coast account for only 600 to 800 millimeters (23.6 - 31.4 inch).

Summers in Scotland are too cold for a sun and beach vacation. In the central lowlands and along the eastern coastal areas, summer daytime temperatures can reach 17 to 19 degrees Celsius (62 - 66° F) on average. During warm spells temperatures can shoot toward 30 degrees (86° F). However, such summer conditions are an exception.

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1. Average minimum and maximum temperatures over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
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