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Orkney Islands Climate & Temperature

  • Orkney Islands, Uk is at 58°57'N, 2°54'W, 26 m (85 ft). See map.
  • Orkney Islands has a marine west coast climate that is mild with no dry season, warm summers. Heavy precipitation occurs during mild winters which are dominated by mid-latitude cyclones. Seasonality is moderate (Köppen-Geiger classification: Cfb).
  • The annual average temperature is 8.1 degrees Celsius (46.6 degrees Fahrenheit). See the temperatures page for a monthly breakdown and the fixed scale graph.
  • Average monthly temperatures vary by 9 °C (16.2°F). This indicates that the continentality type is hyperoceanic, subtype barely hyperoceanic. Orkney Islands Climate Graph
  • In the winter time records indicate temperatures by day reach 6.3°C (43.4°F) on average falling to 2.3°C (36.2°F) overnight.
  • In spring time temperatures climb reaching 9.3°C (48.8°F) generally in the afternoon with overnight lows of 4.3°C (39.8°F).
  • During summer average high temperatures are 15.3°C (59.6°F) and average low temperatures are 9.3°C (48.8°F).
  • Come autumn/ fall temperatures decrease achieving average highs of 11°C (51.8°F) during the day and lows of 7°C (44.6°F) generally shortly after sunrise.
  • Total annual Precipitation averages 948 mm (37.3 inches) which is equivalent to 948 Litres/m² (23.25 Gallons/ft²).
  • On average there are 1204 hours of sunshine per year. Visit the sunshine and daylight section to check monthly details including how high in the sky the sun reaches each month.
  • Were you to burrow down through the centre of the Earth from Orkney Islands you would pop up nearest to the climate station at Macquarie Island, Australia where you would find a Tundra climate.

Orkney Islands Climate Table

  Climate Variable Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
 
Average Max Temperature °C ( °F) 6 (43) 6 (43) 7 (45) 9 (48) 12 (54) 14 (57) 16 (61) 16 (61) 14 (57) 11 (52) 8 (46) 7 (45) 11 (51)
 
Average Temperature °C ( °F) 4 (39) 4 (39) 5 (41) 7 (44) 9 (48) 11 (52) 13 (55) 13 (55) 12 (53) 9 (48) 7 (44) 5 (41) 8 (47)
 
Average Min Temperature °C ( °F) 2 (36) 2 (36) 3 (37) 4 (39) 6 (43) 8 (46) 10 (50) 10 (50) 9 (48) 7 (45) 5 (41) 3 (37) 6 (42)
 
Average Precipitation mm (in) 105 (4) 79 (3) 65 (3) 51 (2) 46 (2) 46 (2) 71 (3) 75 (3) 78 (3) 113 (4) 107 (4) 112 (4) 948 (37)
Number of Wet Days (probability of rain on a day %) 21 (68) 17 (60) 14 (45) 13 (43) 11 (35) 10 (33) 13 (42) 14 (45) 15 (50) 19 (61) 20 (67) 21 (68) 188 (52)
Average Sunlight Hours/ Day 1h 05' 2h 07' 3h 11' 5h 00' 5h 27' 5h 40' 4h 21' 4h 09' 3h 48' 2h 32' 1h 20' 0h 48' 3h 17'
Average Daylight Hours/ Day 7h 05' 9h 13' 11h 47' 14h 29' 16h 56' 18h 21' 17h 42' 15h 29' 12h 50' 10h 08' 7h 42' 6h 21' 12h 00'
Percentage of Sunny (Cloudy) Daylight Hours 16 (84) 24 (76) 28 (72) 35 (65) 33 (67) 31 (69) 25 (75) 27 (73) 30 (70) 26 (74) 18 (82) 13 (87) 27 (73)
Sun altitude at solar noon on the 21st day (°). 11.2 20.6 31.4 43 51.3 54.5 51.5 43.1 31.7 20.3 11.1 7.7 31.4

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