Edinburgh weather: The capital will be warmer than Spain with temperatures above 21C

Edinburgh’s weather is usually a bit mixed with rain, clouds and sunny spells occurring all at once, leaving us cold one minute and roasting the next.

And although we may not have the best weather, with people usually pointing out how cold Scotland is, we do have frequent sunny intervals that last for days – and it looks like there is just one at the street corner.

According to BBC forecasters, the weather is set to soar where we see highs of 21C this month.

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From May 15-21, temperatures will average 20C with May 15-16 reaching highs of nearly 20C. This will soon be followed by highs of 20C on the 17th where it will again jump to the 18-21C .

Thanks to soaring temperatures, this means the capital is set to get warmer than parts of Spain, notably Portugalete.

Edinburgh will be warmer than parts of Spain.

We will also match temperatures in Barcelona which are expected to reach highs of 21C this week.

And it looks like while we’re ready for non-stop sunshine on May 21, Barcelona are ready for the clouds and despite the double-digit figures the cover could make it cooler.

So now that we know what the weather is like in mid-May, what is it like this week?

Five-day weather forecast for Edinburgh according to the Met Office

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Tonight and tonight

A dry, bright evening with some late sunshine, although hazy due to high cloud, mostly dry overnight but increasing cloudiness towards morning. A mild night with cool southerly winds. Minimum temperature 9°C.


Bright start then cloudy day. Fairly dry in the morning but rain reaching Dumfries and Galloway, becoming heavier in the afternoon. A few light showers extending over Lothians and Western Borders. Maximum temperature 15°C.

Tuesday-Thursday Outlook

A few bright days with a mix of sunny intervals and showers. Maybe a longer spell of rain on Wednesday.