The best times to visit Isle of Skye for ideal weather are
June 11th to September 9th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Isle of Skye Travel Guide
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Weather in Isle of Skye
Average temperatures in Isle of Skye vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 13th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Isle of Skye, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 64.5°F (18.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 51.5°F (10.8°C) at night.
Isle of Skye Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Isle of Skye Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Isle of Skye Perceived Temperature (F)
Isle of Skye Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Isle of Skye Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Isle of Skye are June, April, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early June. For example, on the week of June 4th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early December with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of December 3rd.
When can you find snow in Isle of Skye? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around November, especially close to mid March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Isle of Skye is often around around March 19th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Isle of Skye.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Isle of Skye (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Isle of Skye has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is April (71.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (81.6%).
Wind in Isle of Skye is usually moderate. The windiest month is December, followed by March and January. December’s average wind speed of around 9.1 knots (10.5 MPH or 16.8 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early December where average top sustained speeds reach 18.7 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Isle of Skye.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||8.9||Gentle breeze||15.9||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7.8||Gentle breeze||13.8||Significant breeze|
|Mar||9||Gentle breeze||15.4||Significant breeze|
|Apr||7.5||Gentle breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|May||7.7||Gentle breeze||13.7||Significant breeze|
|Jun||6.8||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|Jul||6.9||Light breeze||12.3||Significant breeze|
|Aug||7.2||Gentle breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Sep||7.7||Gentle breeze||13.5||Significant breeze|
|Oct||7.8||Gentle breeze||13.9||Significant breeze|
|Nov||8.1||Gentle breeze||14.9||Significant breeze|
|Dec||9.1||Gentle breeze||16.1||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Isle of Skye?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for the United Kingdom; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 06, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Isle of Skye, the United Kingdom is July, followed by January and September. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Isle of Skye in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Isle of Skye Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 60°F (15.6°C) and 47.1°F (8.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 11 to 14 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the least precipitation with 9 to 15 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Isle of Skye, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 61.6°F (16.4°C) and 45.3°F (7.4°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 14 to 17 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Isle of Skye to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 47.1°F (8.4°C) and 43.9°F (6.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a very great amount: 14 to 18 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.
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