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“Bring warm clothes — Scotland is the only place in the UK that makes me shiver!” Anthony told me a few days before we left for Edinburgh. He didn’t have to tell me twice. I packed my new winter coat, two pairs of jeans, and wondered whether I’d be shivering in dresses and leggings.
Then I arrived in Edinburgh — only to find 30-degree C (85 degree F) temperatures and cloudless skies.
This was NOT typical weather for Scotland!
Dave quickly confirmed the anomaly with a text message from Chester: “Apparently you’ve had the hottest weather in 50 years for Edinburgh this time of year.”
Where was the Edinburgh of dark, gray skies and drizzling rain, of bundling up in heavy coats? The Edinburgh of J.K. Rowling bundled up in a cafe with a steaming pot of tea as she wrote the latest Harry Potter novel?
Oh, well. As a native New Englander, I know better than to complain about warm weather. I just had one issue:
I had only brought one pair of shoes with me: my tall black boots. I love boots. One of my favorite things about the fall is getting out my boots after having them away all summer. I had been wearing this pair all the time in Chester, and they seemed perfect for Edinburgh.
But tall black boots don’t look or feel good in hot weather, or paired with dresses WITHOUT leggings. I can’t believe I didn’t even bring my flip-flops — I LIVE in my super-comfy Crocs flip-flops from Bali.
Oh, well. Consider that lesson learned.
It wasn’t the Edinburgh I expected, but it was the Edinburgh that I enjoyed immensely! I’m sure the Scots feel the same way I do about enjoying brief summer weather to the fullest, and they were just as delighted to enjoy this unexpected weather.
Things like dining al fresco…
And lying out in the sun during their lunch breaks.
This is one of my favorite shots — I love how everyone is lying out in a row on the little hill!
I think some cities are at their best during overcast weather — I’ve talked about Venice being best during the cold, gray winter, for example. Edinburgh, with its Georgian architecture, seems like a city that would look beautiful during gloomy weather as well — but it’s no so bad in perfect sunshine, either!
Most amazingly, I was in Edinburgh for three days, and each day had absolutely perfect weather. I could not believe my luck. If you’re ever lucky enough to get sunshine like this while visiting Edinburgh, get out and enjoy it while you can!