Monday, 11 June 2007

Relentless Outer Hebrides heatwave continues

Probably the most common misconception about the Outer Hebrides, from mainlanders who never visit here, is that it rains all the time.

Wrong. Very, very, wrong. 

Here's the forecast for this week:



... and a reminder of the forecast - which proved accurate - for last week:


At least it looks a little cooler for this week, which will come as a welcome relief to residents, cattle and cats on Berneray.

May's weather statistics for Berneray also make interesting reading, with rainfall down by 30% on the same month last year. Crofters report that Loch Bhrusda, where the drinking water comes from, is at a never before seen low; this means we might be forced to bathe in gin by the end of this week.


  1. robert carroll13 June 2007 at 00:55

    i'm coming for a visit in september,what is the weather like?

  2. Damn! We're getting shafted over here in Glasgow. At least the sun is supposed to come out for the weekend...

  3. wow - totally jealous and yet sympathetic on the drought front too. The Hebrides (outer and inner) are astounding in the sun. I also know that when it gets hot you really feel it - Ive been on the corral beaches at Dunvegan when it was about 86 degrees farenheit - and the blue of the ocean - I wish I'd had my camera becuase had I planted a couplr of palm trees it would have looked exactly like Barbados!New Orleans is unbelieveably hot right now - high 90s with loads of humidity - yeuch!! I wish I was at home in Scotland ! :)Best WishesKirsty

  4. Robert; if I knew that I'd be a very rich man :-) Just be prepared for all four seasons (before breakfast) to be on the safe side.

  5. who needs a water shortage to justify bathing in gin....?Although I find champagne a nicer experience...all those bubbles!

  6. carol chauveau30 June 2007 at 05:36

    does it often get that warm in the hebrides? when i used to go to skye i didn'tb find it hot!