Scotland is definitely home to four seasons, and famously, you sometimes get to experience them all in one day! Scotland’s climate is temperate oceanic. This means that Scotland has a shorter range of temperature, is generally cool and wet, and unlikely to experience extreme weather events. What impact does this have on the seasons in Scotland? Scotland has mild winters as well as mild summers.
Winter takes place between December, January and February. These months are the darkest with the shortest days. Annually, snowfall varies, and it also varies across the country with typically more inches of snow in the Highlands. The daytime temperature during winter in Scotland is on average 4°C.
March, April and May are the spring months. The countryside comes to life again, with fields full of lambs and wildflowers. Maybe surprising to know, but April is on average the driest month of the year but also the most changeable. You can have some of the hottest days of the year in April, but also be treated to a decent amount of snow. Spring temperatures are on average a pleasant 8°C.
Summer ranges across June, July and August. These are typically the driest and warmest months and the most popular for visitors. The average daytime temperature varies between 14°C and 19°C.
Autumn starts in Scotland in September and goes on through to November. Generally, you won’t get the real autumn experience till mid-October when the landscape is at it’s most colourful. The temperature during autumn is on average 8°C.
*Weather data taken from the metoffice, with averages for the city of Inverness (capital of the Highlands).