I have decided to add this page as it is one of the most frequently asked questions.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
SO THIS IS TO TRY AND TELL IT HOW IT IS.
The average temperature in summer is around 10 - 15C or 50 - 60F. However, as we are a group of islands, there is always some wind going on, so this does not
take in the wind chill factor. The wind can make the air seem a lot cooler.
Orkney weather is very changeable. There is a saying that we can have 4 seasons in one day. A sunny start to the day can end in rain - and visa
versa. It can be sunny in Kirkwall and raining on the other side of the island. Just because the calendar says that it is summer, does not guarantee warm sunshine. In Scotland rain
is nicknamed 'liquid sunshine'.
The other thing to remember is that many of the places we visit are out of doors, so dressing warmly is a good idea. A warm jersey and a waterproof rain coat
and hat are essential, and also shoes suitable for walking on possibly wet grass. You can always take a layer off if the sun comes out.
This is tricky one to advise on. When there is wind it tends to blow the rain sideways, so they often don't give very good protection. Also when there is
a lot of wind, they tend to blow inside out. That is why I reckon a hat is better - and warmer.
So my first message is that when you visit, come prepared for possible rain and wind.
THAT IS THE DOOM AND GLOOM BIT OVER WITH.
The weather in Orkney can be beautiful and even has been know to reach the dizzy heights of 68F 20C. It does not rain all the time. There are days with
little or no wind. It is just that we never know when it will happen. So as I am a glass half empty person, rather than glass half full, I like to look on the downside, and then it can
only get better.
In summer there is 18 hours of daylight and the sunsets can be really spectacular. Weather systems can work through quickly giving wonderful cloudscapes, and
dramatic variations of colour in the landscape.
So please don't be put off by the thought of gloomy weather. One of
our best loved comedians once said that in Scotland there is no such thing as bad weather - just the wrong sort of clothing.