The weather in Scotland’s
“other” city, Glasgow,
is relatively standard Scottish weather which basically means the weather can
change from hour to hour and at any time the sunny clear day may be interrupted
by the skies opening up! Glasgow
does have a few differences to the rest of the country, mainly in that it is
slighter milder than the rest of Scotland.
This is because its position in the south west means that the Gulf Stream
currents flow up the Clyde estuary from the Atlantic Ocean and consequently have a
warming effect on the area. The area is also sheltered by the surrounding Clyde Valley
hills which keep the city fairly humid year round. The weather in Glasgow, and Scotland as a
whole, is not exactly the stuff that constitutes an amazing sun filled, tan
accumulating holiday weather, but it does lead to the lush, green countryside
is known for.
Summers in Glasgow
are warm, but certainly not hot, and begin in mid-June. While May and June are,
on average, the driest months of the year, you can still expect rainfall at any
time throughout the season. The average daily temperature throughout June is 12
°C, while July and August see daily average of 14 °C and highs of 18 °C.
The weather is the most enjoyable during the summer months (although come
prepared with a raincoat) however this is also the busiest time for tourism, so
if you’re not a fan of crowds and busy restaurants and attractions then best to
plan your trip in the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn. You can take
advantage of off-season fares and will have a better chance at scoring a room
on one of the many area hotels that sell out during the summer period, though
keep in mind that in the depths of off season many of the popular summer
attractions may only be open s few days of the week, if at all.
Winters are in Glasgow
are cold, but fortunately they don't begin to set in until late October.
Throughout the height of winter (December to February) the average daily temperature
sits at about 4 °C. In February the average minimum falls to a chilly 0 °C. From November through until March you can
expect snowfall in Glasgow, and if it
doesn’t settle in the city you can definitely make your snow angels in the
surrounding hill sides.
May and September are both quite pleasant times to visit, as May is one of
the drier months and September really sees an extension of summer, seeing
average highs of 16 °C. Because of the country’s northerly location and its
proximity to low pressure systems in the Atlantic most of Scotland is generally
cloudier and few degrees colder than England.
For example, the average daily maximum temperature
at Glasgow in
July is 19 °C compared with 22 °C in London.