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Climate of St Kilda

Weather patterns on St Kilda are strongly influenced by the North Atlantic Drift. Winters are mild and summers cool. The islands are exposed to Atlantic depressions and experience high rainfall and strong winds. The prevailing wind is south-westerly, and often blows at force 3 or less. However, gales with gusts of over 100 knots are not uncommon, and severely restrict movement on the islands. On the other hand, it can sometimes be really hot and sunny.

The sea blowing over the jetty in winter
Photograph: Mary Harman

Sunny day in Village Bay
Photograph: Davina Graham

The supply helicopter arrives on a misty day
Photograph: Davina Graham


Village Bay under snow
Photograph: Robin Turner

Check today's wave height out in the Atlantic

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