Posted by: tireecottage | May 6, 2009

Tiree’s Climate

The weather dominates life on Tiree in a way it often fails to do so on the mainland. The weather, through often windy, is generally mild; frosts and snow are rare in Winter.

The weather is greatly influenced by the Gulf Stream, which keeps temperatures up in the Winter and down in the Summer. Rainfall on Tiree averages 1200mm a year, which is significantly less than the moutainous areas of nearby Mull and the adjacent areas of the Scottish mainland. The Summers are relatively dry and the winters relatively wet. April, May and June are the driest months with the October to Jan period being the wettest.

Tiree has a well deserved reputation for bright early summers and is often refrred to as the “sunshine island”. It frequently tops the sunshine records for the UK in May and June. Because of the excpetionally clear air, Tiree has the highest solar radiation in the country, so make sure you take sun cream and drink plenty of water. Because of its flat landscape and exposed position in the Atlantic, Tiree is also very windy with over 30 days a year (mostly in Winter) recording gales.

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