January Weather in Scotland:
Average Temperature, Rainfall and Sunshine

The data here summarize the normal January weather conditions for Scotland. The tables list average daily high and low temperatures, total rainfall and hours of sunshine for January.

The weather averages are given for the country as a whole, and also broken down into three regions.

Western Scotland covers the land from Dumfries and Galloway, north to Argyll and Bute. It includes Glasgow and the Isle of Mull.

Eastern Scotland ranges from Scottish Borders in the south to Aberdeenshire in the north. Major cities in the area include Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh.

Northern Scotland covers the Highlands along with Inverness. It also takes in the Orkney, Shetland and Outer Hebrides Islands.

These measures of climate are averages of data collected at weather stations from 1981 to 2010.


Average January temperatures
High °F Low °F Region High °C Low °C
42 32 Scotland 5 0
42 33 Western Scotland 6 1
41 31 Eastern Scotland 5 -1
41 32 Northern Scotland 5 0


Average monthly precipitation in January
Days Region Inches Milli­metres
19 Scotland 7.0 178
19 Western Scotland 8.0 202
16 Eastern Scotland 5.0 126
20 Northern Scotland 7.9 200


Total January sun
Region Hours
Scotland 36
Western Scotland 39
Eastern Scotland 43
Northern Scotland 28
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