Edinburgh Weather Guide

Edinburgh generally enjoys a modest year-round climate with temperatures never plummeting, but never soaring either. The city’s weather is known for its unpredictable nature with sunny summery conditions changing to chilly showers within a matter of minutes and winter weather ranging from clear skies to wet and windy days.

Season and Clothing

Winter: November to March

Winter in Edinburgh predominately sees cold, windy and wet weather along with short days. Peaks in the surrounding areas may be coated in snow, however within the city centre temperatures are a little warmer and snowfall tends not to settle for long. If you are around in late December, Edinburgh's Christmas vibe makes bracing the chilly weather well worth it. Don’t miss the annual Hogmanay festivities that kick off on December 30 and spill over into the New Year with theatre shows, music and dance acts as well as odd street extravaganzas.

Average temperatures:  1 – 9 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Winter clothing including a waterproof coat, thick jumper and sturdy shoes.
Don't forget: Hat, gloves and an umbrella!

Spring: April to May

Temperatures in Edinburgh begin to rise throughout spring with days featuring brief showers but sunshine for the most part. Wind is still very much present, but thankfully this is less icy cold and more of a breeze instead. During the springtime, there are around 5 different festivals that hit the city. The most popular of these events is the International Fashion Festival that sees runway models debut fashions from local designers.

Average temperatures:  2 – 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothing for layering and a warm and waterproof coat.
Don't forget: An umbrella, a scarf and sunnies.

Summer: June to August

Summer is unsurprisingly the busiest time of year in Edinburgh with sunny days a common occurrence. At times there may be a brief shower or grey cloud looming, but never anything to hamper your holiday. Being a very festive city, summer provides the perfect platform for Edinburgh to celebrate in style. More than 10 festivals take place during this season, the most notable being Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which takes place in August, and the appropriately named 10-day Summer Festival in June. The Summer Festival showcases local talent and includes an authentic country fair consisting of folk music, a tug-of-war and other highly competitive ‘village’ games.

Average temperatures:  9 – 25 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Casual warm weather clothing along with pants and a jacket for when the sun goes down.
Don't forget: Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

Autumn: September to October

Autumn in Edinburgh is very much a merger of the 2 adjacent seasons. During any particular day, visitors may experience bursts of hot sunshine followed by a bitter, wintry storm. The key to having an enjoyable visit during this time of year is to pack for wet weather and bring layers in case the afternoon sun does appear. Autumn days also become progressively shorter with sunset around 6pm. No weather stops the Scots though, with great events on throughout the season from the entertaining and insightful Radical Book Fair to the Doors Open Day where various private venues welcome the public for one weekend only.

Average temperatures:  9 – 20 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Warm layers and a waterproof coat. 
Don't forget: An umbrella.