Kirkwall, where it's located

The climate of Kirkwall is oceanic, with cold, rainy winters and cool, cloudy summers. The wind often blows, and can sometimes be stormy, especially in the colder half of the year.
Kirkwall is the main city of the Orkney Islands, located north of Scotland.
The average temperature of the coldest month (February) is of 4.1 °C (39 °F), that of the warmest month (August) is of 13.2 °C (56 °F). The lowest record is -7.8 °C (18.0 °F), the highest is 25.6 °C (78 °F). Here are the average temperatures.
Kirkwall - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)22246810109742
Max (°C)6681012141616141197
Min (°F)363636394346505048453936
Max (°F)434346505457616157524845

Precipitation amounts to 1,040 millimeters (40.9 inches) per year: so, it is at an intermediate level. It ranges from 50 mm (2 in) in the driest month (May) to 125 mm (4.9 in) in the wettest ones (October, November). Here is the average precipitation.
Kirkwall - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)11095956050555565951251251101040
Prec.(in)4.33.73.72.422.22.22.63.74.94.94.340.9
Days201718131111121216202118189

On average, there are around 1,170 sunshine hours per year; so, the sun is rarely seen. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Kirkwall - Sunshine
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hours123565444211

The sea temperature ranges between 7 °C (45 °F) and 13 °C (55 °F). So, it is cold all year round. Here are the average sea temperatures.
Kirkwall - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)8877911131313121110
Temp (°F)464645454852555555545250

Kirkwall

Best Time


The best time to visit Kirkwall is the summer, from June to August, since it is the mildest season. However, there are often cloudy skies, wind, rain and a bit of cold at night.