Stornoway, where it's located

The climate of Stornoway 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.
The city is located in the north of the Isle of Lewis and Harris, which is part of the Outer Hebrides, located to the north-west of Scotland.
The average temperature of the coldest month (February) is of 4.7 °C (40 °F), that of the warmest month (August) is of 13.5 °C (56 °F). The lowest record is -12.2 °C (10.0 °F), the highest is 26.3 °C (79 °F). Here are the average temperatures.
Stornoway - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)22346911119743
Max (°C)7781012141616141298
Min (°F)363637394348525248453937
Max (°F)454546505457616157544846

Precipitation amounts to 1,250 millimeters (49.2 inches) per year: it is therefore quite abundant. It ranges from 60 mm (2.4 in) in the driest month (June) to 150 mm (5.9 in) in the wettest (January). Here is the average precipitation.
Stornoway - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)15011011575656075901101401351301250
Prec.(in)5.94.34.532.62.433.54.35.55.35.149.2
Days211720151313141516212020205

On average, there are around 1,220 sunshine hours per year; so, the sun is rarely seen. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Stornoway - Sunshine
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hours123576444311

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.
Stornoway - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)8877911131313121110
Temp (°F)464645454852555555545250

Stornoway

Best Time


The best time to visit Stornoway 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.