Edinburgh weather: Weekend forecast for Edinburgh over Hogmanay and New Year's Day

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Wrap-up in Edinburgh for Hogmanay celebrations

As Edinburgh gears up for it’s world-famous Hogmanay celebrations this weekend, we’ve taken a look at what the weather forecast is for the Capital over the coming days.

According to the Met Office, New Year revellers will need to wrap-up if they are outdoors at any of the great events taking place in Edinburgh this Hogmanay weekend, with a top temperature of 5C in the Capital expected over the coming days, with chilly winds making it feel more like freezing as we welcome in the New Year of 2024.

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Saturday, December 30

It is expected to be cold but dry for the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh. Picture by PA.It is expected to be cold but dry for the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh. Picture by PA.
It is expected to be cold but dry for the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh. Picture by PA.

After a cold and cloudy start at 6am, when the temperature will be just -1C, sleet is expected between 10am and noon, and cloud from then until 3pm when light rain is forecast to last until 5pm. Cloud is then expected until 11pm when light rain will return. It will be another chilly day, hitting just 2C at noon, with chilly winds making it feel more like -2C. However, the temperature will pick up in the evening, rising to 5C by 5pm and 6C by 7pm.

Sunday, December 31

Cloud is forecast for all of Sunday in Edinburgh, with it feeling slightly milder, starting at 3C at 6am, rising to 4C by noon and dropping no lower than the 3C expected at 9pm until midnight when Pulp will take to the stage at Ross Bandstand, so anyone attending will need to wrap up to beat the cold, with a wind of 6mph and gusts of up to 10mph making it feel more like 1C. However, those Common People looking to bring in the Bells in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle will pleased to hear there is only a 10 per cent chance currently of rain during the concert in the gardens.

Monday, January 1

The New Year will start cloudy in Edinburgh and remain that way for most of the day, with sunny intervals forecast for 3pm and cloud returning for the rest of the day from 4pm. The day’s top temperature of £C is expected in the afternoon, however, it will again feel freezing all day due to chilly winds of up to 6mph and gusts of up to 13mph, although the wind is due to ease slightly as the day progresses.