The best times to visit Shetland Islands for ideal weather are

May 28th to July 1st

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

 

 


Other Shetland Islands Travel Info

Weather in Shetland Islands

Temperature

Average temperatures in Shetland Islands vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold all year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the bottom 1 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 Shetland Islands, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 59.3°F (15.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 47°F (8.3°C) at night.

Shetland Islands Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Shetland Islands 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.

Shetland Islands Perceived Temperature (F)

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Shetland Islands Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Shetland Islands 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

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan42.539.634.3
Feb42.539.634
Mar44.440.834
Apr47.543.236.5
May50.746.138.1
Jun54.450.143.2
Jul57.753.645.9
Aug58.254.246.2
Sep55.251.644.3
Oct50.947.740.2
Nov46.643.838.5
Dec43.139.934.5

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan5.84.21.3
Feb5.84.21.1
Mar6.94.91.1
Apr8.66.22.5
May10.47.83.4
Jun12.410.16.2
Jul14.3127.7
Aug14.612.37.9
Sep12.910.96.8
Oct10.58.74.6
Nov8.16.63.6
Dec6.24.41.4

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Shetland Islands are June, July, and then May. 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 mid December with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of December 17th.

When can you find snow in Shetland Islands? Weather stations report a good amount of seasonal snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to late February and early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Shetland Islands is often around around December 3rd 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 Shetland Islands.

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Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan56%1.86.2
Feb51%2.94.6
Mar39%1.53.5
Apr31%0.52.6
May29%0.42.5
Jun16%01.9
Jul26%03
Aug33%04.5
Sep38%04.1
Oct46%0.44.9
Nov51%1.65.5
Dec53%2.15.4

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan564.615.7
Feb517.411.7
Mar393.88.9
Apr311.36.6
May2916.4
Jun1604.8
Jul2607.6
Aug33011.4
Sep38010.4
Oct46112.4
Nov514.114
Dec535.313.7

 

Humidity and Wind

Shetland Islands has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (77.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (86.2%).

Wind in Shetland Islands is usually stronger than many places. The windiest month is January, followed by December and February. January’s average wind speed of around 18.4 knots (21.1 MPH or 34 KPH) is considered “a fresh breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 29.2 knots, which is considered high wind or moderate gale winds.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Avg. Relative Humidity

Wind

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

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Max Sustained Wind
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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.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan18.4Strong breeze27.8Very strong breeze
Feb17.2Strong breeze25.4Very strong breeze
Mar16.5Significant breeze24.7Very strong breeze
Apr14Significant breeze21.1Strong breeze
May12.7Significant breeze18.7Very strong breeze
Jun11.6Significant breeze17Strong breeze
Jul11.8Significant breeze17.3Very strong breeze
Aug11.6Significant breeze17.8Strong breeze
Sep14.1Significant breeze20.7Very strong breeze
Oct16Significant breeze24.1Very strong breeze
Nov16.4Significant breeze24.8Very strong breeze
Dec17.3Strong breeze26.7Very strong breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan79.6%
Feb80.3%
Mar77.6%
Apr80.1%
May78.4%
Jun79.5%
Jul86.2%
Aug85.5%
Sep83.4%
Oct81.3%
Nov79.7%
Dec77.6%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Shetland Islands?

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 Shetland Islands, the United Kingdom is August, followed by July 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 Shetland Islands 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

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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 62.8 in December means 62.8% of the tourists vs. August.

 

 

Overall Shetland Islands Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 53.5°F (11.9°C) and 43.6°F (6.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 9 to 12 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the least precipitation with 5 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Shetland Islands, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 56.4°F (13.6°C) and 43.6°F (6.4°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 11 to 15 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 Shetland Islands to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 43.8°F (6.6°C) and 41.3°F (5.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a very great amount: 14 to 17 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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