The best times to visit Oban for ideal weather are

December 24th to April 1st

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Oban Travel Info

Weather in Oban

Temperature

Average temperatures in Oban vary little. 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 far less temperate than some — in the 9th 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 Oban, the hottest months are January, February, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January where highs are regularly around 61°F (16.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 52.1°F (11.2°C) at night.

Oban Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Oban Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

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.

Oban Perceived Temperature (F)

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Oban Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Oban 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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 59.4 54.8 51.1
Feb 59.4 54.7 51.2
Mar 57.9 54 50.9
Apr 54.8 51.5 48.8
May 51.9 49.3 46.9
Jun 48.8 46.2 43.9
Jul 48.4 45.8 43.5
Aug 49.5 46.5 43.8
Sep 50.9 47.5 44.7
Oct 51.9 48 45
Nov 54.4 49.9 46.6
Dec 58.9 53.7 49.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 15.2 12.7 10.6
Feb 15.2 12.6 10.7
Mar 14.4 12.2 10.5
Apr 12.7 10.8 9.3
May 11.1 9.6 8.3
Jun 9.3 7.9 6.6
Jul 9.1 7.7 6.4
Aug 9.7 8.1 6.6
Sep 10.5 8.6 7.1
Oct 11.1 8.9 7.2
Nov 12.4 9.9 8.1
Dec 14.9 12.1 9.9

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Oban are February, December, and then April. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid October with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of October 15th.

When can you find snow in Oban? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Oban.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Oban (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 31% 0 3.9
Feb 22% 0 2.7
Mar 32% 0 4.7
Apr 28% 0 3.4
May 40% 0 4.3
Jun 36% 0 3.6
Jul 37% 0 4.6
Aug 33% 0 3.8
Sep 41% 0 4.2
Oct 42% 0 4.4
Nov 38% 0 4.1
Dec 27% 0 3.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 31 0 9.9
Feb 22 0 6.9
Mar 32 0 11.9
Apr 28 0 8.6
May 40 0 10.9
Jun 36 0 9.1
Jul 37 0 11.7
Aug 33 0 9.7
Sep 41 0 10.7
Oct 42 0 11.2
Nov 38 0 10.4
Dec 27 0 8.9

 

Humidity and Wind

Oban has some very humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is December (73.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (78.8%).

Wind in Oban is usually very strong. The windiest month is October, followed by November and May. October’s average wind speed of around 24.6 knots (28.3 MPH or 45.5 KPH) is considered “a strong breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid to late November where average top sustained speeds reach 37.7 knots, which is considered gale force winds.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Oban.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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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 21.4 Strong breeze 31.4 Moderate gale winds
Feb 17.6 Strong breeze 25.9 Very strong breeze
Mar 20 Strong breeze 28.9 Moderate gale winds
Apr 19.2 Strong breeze 27.9 Very strong breeze
May 22.2 Very strong breeze 30.5 Moderate gale winds
Jun 20.8 Strong breeze 28.5 Moderate gale winds
Jul 20.8 Strong breeze 28.1 Moderate gale winds
Aug 18.9 Strong breeze 26.8 Very strong breeze
Sep 21.4 Strong breeze 30.5 Moderate gale winds
Oct 24.6 Very strong breeze 33.6 Moderate gale winds
Nov 23 Very strong breeze 33.1 Moderate gale winds
Dec 19.4 Strong breeze 28.5 Moderate gale winds

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 74.8%
Feb 75.1%
Mar 75.9%
Apr 76.2%
May 78.8%
Jun 77.7%
Jul 78.1%
Aug 77%
Sep 75.4%
Oct 74.9%
Nov 74.3%
Dec 73.2%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Oban?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for New Zealand; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 30, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Oban, New Zealand is March, followed by July and June. 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 Oban in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 56.6 in November means 56.6% of the tourists vs. March.

 

 

Overall Oban Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 58.2°F (14.6°C) and 50.4°F (10.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 8 to 12 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. These months see moderate precipitation with 10 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Oban, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 55.9°F (13.3°C) and 50°F (10°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 11 to 13 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Oban to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 61°F (16.1°C) and 57.6°F (14.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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