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- Scotland's Climate
The highest recorded temperature in Scotland was 32.9C (89.6F) at Greycrook (Scottish Borders) on 9 August, 2003. Prior to that, the record was 32.8C (also 89.6F) at Dumfries on 2 July 1908.
The coldest daytime temperature in Scotland (and the UK) was -27.2C/-17.0F at Braemar on 11 February 1985.
In the sunniest parts of Scotland (Angus, Fife, Lothians, Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway) there is an average of 1,400 hours of sunshine each year. Even in the mountain regions of the Highlands there are over 1,000 hours of sunshine a year.
Dumfries and Galloway in the south-west of Scotland has the highestmean annual temperature of 9C (48.2F).
The summit of Ben Nevis has the lowest mean average temperature - -0.3C (31.5F).
The island of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides holds the record for the sunniest month with 329 hours of sunshine - in May 1946 and again in May 1975. However, Dunbar holds the record for the highest annual total - 1,523 hours.
The western Highlands of Scotland, facing the prevailing westerly winds from the Atlantic, are the wettest parts of Scotland with over 3000mm or 118 inches of rain a year (and some rain falling on over 250 days each year).
80mm (3.15 inches) of rain fell in 30 minutes at Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway on 26 June 1953.
By contrast, the east coast and the Moray Firth area in particular, has the lowest rainfall - less than 650mm (26 inches).
The wettest day recorded in Scotland was on 17 January 1974 when 238mm (9.4 inches) fell at Sloy Dam, Loch Lomond.
On 13 February 1989 a gust of wind of 142 miles per hour was recorded at Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. The Cairngorm Automatic weather Station at an altitude of 1245 metres (just over 4,000 feet) recorded a gust of wind of 173 miles per hour on 20 March 1986.
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