Weather and Climate
“If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes!”
The weather of the Faroe Islands is, as you might know very unpredictable and highly changeable. It is not uncommon for one location to experience rain, the next snow, and a third location sun. You can literally experience all four seasons in one day!
A rule of thumb if you want to find the good weather, you should always go in the same direction as the wind. Meaning that if the wind for example blows to the north you should go north to find the best weather. By following this link you can see the weather forecast that includes web cameras, so you can see the weather at the different locations.
If you are looking for the weather conditions on Mykines specifically please follow this link.
The islands are generally windy, cloudy, wet and cool throughout the year. The influence of the ocean narrows the temperature range both between night and day, and between winter and summer. The average temperature goes from 4°C in February, to 13 °C in July. Therefore, the climate is almost subpolar, given the cold summer, even though in winter the average remains above freezing. This climate is influenced by the strong warming influence of the Atlantic Ocean, which produces the North Atlantic Current. The ocean is cold all year round: the sea temperature goes from 6 °C (43 °F) in February and March, to 11 °C (52 °F) in August.
The wind frequently blows, and is moderate or strong throughout the year, however, storms are most likely from October to March.
Length of day
Length of day varies a lot throughout the seasons. The longest day in the summer, June 21st, brings 19 hours and 45 minutes of daylight. In contrast, days during the winter can be as short as five hours.
Precipitation is abundant, since it amounts to 1,300 millimetres per year, with a maximum in autumn and winter, and a relative minimum in spring and summer. The least rainy months are May and June, when, precipitation is around 55/65 millimetres per month. In the least rainy period, from May to August, it still rains for 12/13 days per month on average.