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Weather in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a temperate maritime climate characterised by mild winters and moderate summers.

The highs of the summer months are usually 19 ºC (66 ºF), while the winters mostly see temperatures around 5ºC (34 ºF) with frequent precipitation. The best time to visit Edinburgh depends very much on what you want to do while you are there. August is Festival month, so the city is crammed with people from all over the world and the atmosphere is vibrant and exciting. The same is true at Hogmanay, when the city centre is full of New Year revellers. If you want peace and quiet to explore Edinburgh's sights, these times of year are best avoided.

May and June are always nice months to visit Scotland, with long hours of daylight and often less rain than at other times of year.

Guidetype and fpcity weatherwtg_cforecast_table
Weather (day) Temp (max day) Rain (mm) Wind (mph) Humidity Pressure Visibility
Sunday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
9
°C
0
5
nnw
40-60%
1020 mb
good
Monday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
9
°C
0
4
w
40-60%
1020 mb
good
Tuesday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
9
°C
0
10
wsw
40-60%
1020 mb
good
Wednesday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
9
°C
0
11
sw
40-60%
1020 mb
good
Thursday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
9
°C
0
13
sw
40-60%
1020 mb
good
Friday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
9
°C
0
6
ne
40-60%
1020 mb
good
Saturday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
9
°C
0
6
wsw
40-60%
1020 mb
good
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Last updated: 2022-10-06 13:16:22
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Symbols indicate the predominant weather for the day in question, calculated based on a weighting of different types of weather. So if a day is forecast to be sunny with the possibility of a brief shower, then we will see a sunny or partly cloudy symbol rather than a rain cloud.
The maximum temperature is the highest temperature forecast between dawn and dusk, and the minimum temperature is the lowest temperature expected from dusk on the day in question to dawn the next day. The temperature is in °C, or Celsius.
Wind speed and direction are the conditions expected at midday. Wind direction is based on a 16 point compass. W, SW, SSW, etc. The wind direction states where the wind originates. Wind speed is listed in MPH or miles per hour.
Humidity levels indicates how much water vapour the air contains compared to the maximum it could contain at that temperature. As a general guide:
  • 0 to 30 is very low
  • 31 to 50 is low
  • 51 to 70 is moderate to low
  • 71 to 80 is moderate
  • 81 to 90 is moderate to high
  • 91 to 100 is high
Pressure is measured in millibars (mb)
Visibility based on whether the human eye can see the following distances:
  • Very poor - less than 1km
  • Poor - between 1km and 4km
  • Moderate - between 4km and 10km
  • Good - between 10km and 20km
  • Very good - between 20km and 40km
  • Excellent - more than 40km
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