The Highlands Climate & Weather

The climate in the Scottish Highlands is generally cool, damp and cloudy, but daily weather is unpredictable. The Highlands are prone to short winter days and very long summer evenings. January and February are the coldest months, averaging 37°F (3°C), and summer has average temperatures of 55°F (13°C) during its warmest months of July and August. Temperatures can be extreme in the Highlands, with a record winter low of -16°F (-27°C), and a record summer high of 87°F (31°C). There are significant variations in temperature according to altitude, with lower temperatures and more rain and snow on high ground. The Highlands have a rainy climate, with sporadic showers possible at any time of year, but autumn and winter are generally the wettest seasons. December is the gloomiest, darkest month, and May and June are the sunniest. Snow is possible between November and April.

The Scottish Highlands are at their prime between May and August and the best months to visit are May and June, which are the sunniest months, enjoying long daylight hours and less rain than the colder months on average.

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