Glasgow Weather Guide
The climate in Glasgow is fairly stable as the area is sheltered by nearby mountains to the north and west of the city. This means temperatures can peak at 24 degrees Celsius during the summer season, and drop down to below freezing over the Christmas period. Whatever the temperature, rain, hail or shine, just remember the old Scottish saying, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing'!
Winter: November to March
Winter in Glasgow is characterised by short days and wet, cold weather. Rain and wind can be relentless at times under thick grey cloud, making the city temperatures drop to noticeably low levels. During winter, it's common to see the odd clear, frosty day from time to time. These conditions can be pleasant as long as you have packed appropriately with heavy and warm clothing layers. Despite the low temperatures, Glasgow still buzzes with many locals warming up inside the city’s numerous pubs to celebrate the festive season.
Average temperatures: 1 – 9 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Warm layers including a waterproof coat, thick jumper and walking boots.
Don't forget: Hat, gloves and an umbrella!
Spring: April to May
Once spring hits Glasgow, temperatures begin to increase while the day-to-day weather conditions remain a little unpredictable. Don’t be surprised if a spring day begins with glorious sunshine and ends in a bitter sleet shower. The best way to survive is be prepared for anything! During the spring season, celebrate with the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art in April and the free day of music and fun on the Glasgow Green during Maydaze (over the first weekend of May).
Average temperatures: 2 – 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Warm layers, jeans, t-shirts and a coat.
Don't forget: An umbrella and sunshades.
Summer: June to August
Summer in Glasgow is usually very pleasant and sees the highest number of tourists visiting the city. The long days of sunshine and comfortable temps make this season ideal for walking around the city streets for an enjoyable day out. At times there may be a brief shower or grey cloud looming, but nothing to hamper your holiday. During summer, Glasgow’s event calendar hots up with over 15 festivals, parades and fairs. The most popular is the cultural West End Festival held throughout June, which is considered to be one of Europe's best festivals.
Average temperatures: 9 – 25.
Appropriate clothing: Casual warm layers, jeans, t-shirts and a jacket for night time.
>Don’t forget: Hat, sunglasses and trainers for walking.
Autumn: September to October
From September, autumn colours creep into the background setting and the cold, wet weather becomes very apparent. Autumn days become progressively shorter with the sun now setting at around 6pm. This season is the perfect time to explore Glasgow from the inside. Take advantage of central heating with a shopping trip coupled with a traditional cosy pub dinner and a night spent exploring the iconic venues of the local music scene.
Average temperatures: 9 – 20 degrees Celsius
Appropriate clothing: Clothing which protects against cold wind and periods of sustained rainfall.
Don't forget: An umbrella.