Edinburgh lies on the eastern coast of Scotland near the North Sea. The town combines a scenic landscape with historic and modern architecture, making it a popular travel destination. For outdoor enthusiasts, it offers activities ranging from surfing to skiing.
Like most of Scotland, the weather in Edinburgh is unpredictable, but because of its proximity to the North Sea, temperatures remain moderate, rarely falling below freezing.
The average of rainfall of 3 inches a month spreads evenly among the months, with only an inch more occurring in the wettest months of July through December.
The amount of sunshine ranges from a low of less than 50 hours a month in December to a peak of near 200 hours in May.
Because the city lies on the coast, it experiences only about 20 days of snowfall during the winter. During heavy snowfalls, Edinburgh experiences traffic disruptions.
The town lies near the track of Atlantic depressions, which causes it to be windy. Monthly winds average between 8 and 12 knots. Wind can gust to above 50 knots.