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what to do in edinburgh - useful information and the weatherEdinburgh Weather and Climate

Edinburgh has a reputation for being a wet city, grey and misty much of the time. This is certainly true during the winter months when daylight hours are short and the cloud is low. However, this wonderfully atmospheric weather only adds to the romantic, cosy nature of a place filled with indoor entertainment.
Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year but June and July can produce days of endless sunshine. However, don’t be deceived – more often than not they will be accompanied by a fresh wind that will have you thinking twice about taking your coat on the clearest of days.

Despite being in the North of the United Kingdom, the temperatures are not too severe. An average January will see the thermometers hovering around 1 degree Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit), rising steadily throughout the year to a high of approximately 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) in July.
City Facts
Region     Lothian
Country    Scotland
Continent    Europe
National Status    Kingdom
National Population    57,998,500
City Population    443,600 City Centre (1995 estimate)
National Capital    Edinburgh
Local Time    0 hours from GMT (5 hrs from EST.)(8 hrs from PST)
Official Language    English
Currency    Pound Sterling (GBP) 1 =100 pence
Religion    Protestant majority, other Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu minorities.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Tourist Information    0131 473 3800
National Rail    08745 48 49 50
Edinburgh Aiport    0131 333 1000
Traveline Edinburgh    0131 225 3858
Police    0131 311 3131
Emergency    999
Laundrette    0131 556 2743
Taxi    0131 228 1211
Miscellaneous Web Site Links    Official site of the Scottish Tourist Board    Official site of the Edinburgh & Lothians Tourist Board
The Edinburgh Guide    Guide to sigtseeing, restaurants, and various entertainment around the capital
Scotland The Best    Famous Grouse site dedicated to highlighting ‘Scotland’s best’ in every category imagineable
Edinburgh Time Out    ‘Time Out’ guide to city entertainment    Very detailed and useful road mapping of anywhere in the UK
Edinburgh Pub Guide    Independent Reviews of some of the hundreds of Pubs around Edinburgh
The Scotsman    On-line publication of leading Scottish newspaper covering local, national and international topics.
EICC    On-line resource for Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Scottish Rugby Union    Official site for the Scottish Rugby Union at Murrayfield
Edinburgh University    Central resource for this world renowned University
EAN    Edinburgh accommodation network that passes requests for accommodation around a small group of respected establishments to help visitors find suitable accommodation quickly and easily
The Tartan Register    Official register of all publicly known Tartans worldwide
CamVista Castle WebCam    It seems no tourism site is complete without one – CamVista also have several other live cams of Edinburgh.
Rentalo    Rentalo is a large, fast growing, global directory for vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, hotels, and other lodgings, with over 100,000 property listings in close to 15,000 destinations worldwide.
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