When is the best time to go to Shetland

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The chart above shows the best time of year to visit Shetland, United Kingdom. These are based on an analysis of weather averages such as temperature, rainfall and number of hours of sunshine. These ratings are based solely on the climate and do not take into account other factors such as accommodation prices and how busy it is likely to be.

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Shetland weather by month

Please note our recommendations for when to visit Shetland are based solely on the weather and do not take into accounts accommodation prices, how busy it will be and what events are on.

January

Shetland January weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
5°C 129mm 0.9hrs 8.6hrs 8°C

January in Shetland is generally wet with the temperature being cool.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Shetland for your holidays. The weather is often not a good and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

January is in the winter in Shetland and is typically the coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cold 5°C (42°F), whilst at night 1°C (34°F) is normal.

On average January is the driest month of the year in Shetland with around 129mm 5.1 inches of rain making it a wet time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 26 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 0.9 hours of sunshine per day.

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February

Shetland February weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
5°C 89mm 2.2hrs 10.6hrs 8°C

February in Shetland is generally a little damp with the temperature being cool.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of fairly acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it an okay time to visit Shetland.

February is in the winter in Shetland and is typically the 2nd coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cold 5°C (42°F), whilst at night 1°C (34°F) is normal.

On average February is the 2nd driest month of the year in Shetland with around 89mm 3.5 inches of rain making it a a little damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 20 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 2.2 hours of sunshine per day.

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March

Shetland March weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
6°C 110mm 3.1hrs 13.1hrs 8°C

The weather in March in Shetland is characteristically cool and damp.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Shetland for your holidays. The weather is often relatively bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

March is in the spring in Shetland and is typically the 3rd coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cold 6°C (43°F), whilst at night 2°C (35°F) is normal.

On average March is the 3rd driest month of the year in Shetland with around 110mm 4.3 inches of rain making it a damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 23 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 3.1 hours of sunshine per day.

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April

Shetland April weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
7°C 70mm 4.9hrs 16.1hrs 8°C

Shetland's weather in April is typically cool and reasonably dry in nature.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of relatively acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it an okay time to visit Shetland.

April is in the spring in Shetland and is typically the 4th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 8°C (46°F), whilst at night 3°C (37°F) is normal.

On average April is the 4th driest month of the year in Shetland with around 70mm 2.8 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 19 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 4.9 hours of sunshine per day.

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May

Shetland May weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
9°C 60mm 5.4hrs 19.3hrs 9°C

May is a reasonably dry month in Shetland and the temperature is generally cool.

It is perhaps a good month to visit Shetland, with some surprisingly good weather at this time of year.

May is in the spring in Shetland and is typically the 5th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 10°C (51°F), whilst at night 5°C (42°F) is normal.

On average May is the 5th driest month of the year in Shetland with around 60mm 2.4 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 17 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5.4 hours of sunshine per day.

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June

Shetland June weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
12°C 59mm 6hrs 8.6hrs 10°C

June is a reasonably dry month in Shetland and the temperature is generally mild.

It is perhaps the perfect month to visit Shetland, with some inordinately good weather at this time of year.

June is in the summer in Shetland and is typically the 6th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 13°C (55°F), whilst at night 8°C (46°F) is normal.

On average June is the 6th driest month of the year in Shetland with around 59mm 2.3 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 16 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day.

Shetland weather in June »

July

Shetland July weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
13°C 62mm 4.7hrs 10.6hrs 12°C

July in Shetland is generally reasonably dry with the temperature being mild.

It is perhaps a good month to visit Shetland, with some very good weather at this time of year.

July is in the summer in Shetland and is typically the 6th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 14°C (57°F), whilst at night 9°C (49°F) is normal.

On average July is the 6th wettest month of the year in Shetland with around 62mm 2.4 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 18 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 4.7 hours of sunshine per day.

Shetland weather in July »

August

Shetland August weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
13°C 77mm 4.6hrs 13.1hrs 13°C

The weather in August in Shetland is characteristically mild and reasonably dry.

It is perhaps a good month to visit Shetland, with some inordinately good weather at this time of year.

August is in the summer in Shetland and is typically the 5th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 14°C (58°F), whilst at night 10°C (49°F) is normal.

On average August is the 5th wettest month of the year in Shetland with around 77mm 3 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 18 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 4.6 hours of sunshine per day.

Shetland weather in August »

September

Shetland September weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
11°C 115mm 3.5hrs 16.1hrs 12°C

Shetland's weather in September is typically mild and damp in nature.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of relatively acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it an okay time to visit Shetland.

September is in the fall / autumn in Shetland and is typically the 4th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 13°C (55°F), whilst at night 8°C (47°F) is normal.

On average September is the 4th wettest month of the year in Shetland with around 115mm 4.5 inches of rain making it a damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 22 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 3.5 hours of sunshine per day.

Shetland weather in September »

October

Shetland October weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
9°C 131mm 2.3hrs 19.3hrs 11°C

October is a wet month in Shetland and the temperature is generally cool.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Shetland for your holidays. The weather is often relatively bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

October is in the fall / autumn in Shetland and is typically the 3rd warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 10°C (51°F), whilst at night 6°C (44°F) is normal.

On average October is the 3rd wettest month of the year in Shetland with around 131mm 5.1 inches of rain making it a wet time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 24 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 2.3 hours of sunshine per day.

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November

Shetland November weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
7°C 140mm 1.3hrs 8.6hrs 10°C

November in Shetland is generally wet with the temperature being cool.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Shetland for your holidays. The weather is often pretty bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

November is in the fall / autumn in Shetland and is typically the 2nd warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 7°C (45°F), whilst at night 3°C (38°F) is normal.

On average November is the 2nd wettest month of the year in Shetland with around 140mm 5.5 inches of rain making it a wet time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 25 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 1.3 hours of sunshine per day.

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December

Shetland December weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
5°C 135mm 0.6hrs 10.6hrs 9°C

December in Shetland is generally wet with the temperature being cool.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Shetland for your holidays. The weather is often not a good and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

December is in the winter in Shetland and is typically the warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cold 6°C (43°F), whilst at night 2°C (35°F) is normal.

On average December is the wettest month of the year in Shetland with around 135mm 5.3 inches of rain making it a wet time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 26 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 0.6 hours of sunshine per day.

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Shetland weather statistics
Hottest month: August 14.2°C 57.6°F
Driest month: June 59mm 2.3ins
Sunniest month: April 4.9hrs
Coldest month: February 5.2°C 41.4°F
Wettest month: November 140mm 5.5ins
Warmest sea: August 12.9°C 55.2°F
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