The climate of the Orkney Islands is much warmer than expected (considering their location), as the entire archipelago is warmed by the powerful Gulf Stream Current, as it makes its way north into the North Atlantic Ocean from the Gulf of Mexico.
Average temperatures range from 54°F (12°C) during the summer months to 46°F (8°C) through winter.
Precipitation falls throughout the year, and the islands see an average of 33 inches (850 mm).
In the far north during the summer months, the dark of night is hardly felt as the sun never totally sets. In winter the sun is seldom seen.
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