If you have been looking at temperatures for South Uist, you will see some wild departures from what you might normally expect for summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The daily highs this week have been around 17º Celsius. If you see Celsius temperatures and have no idea what they mean, a rough rule of thumb is to double the number and add 30º to get the Fahrenheit equivalency.
For those who thrive on precision, the actual conversation is to multiply the C temperature by 9/5 and then add 32º.
F = (Cº x 9/5) + 32
This means that the daily highs have been around 63º, with nightly lows around 48º. Professor Sharples tells me that we should expect such cool temperatures to predominate this summer, so please be sure to bring a light jacket and dress in layers when we are in the field. Once we start working you will heat up very quickly, but I just don’t want anyone to imagine we will be spending loads of time basking in temperatures anything like those everyone back here in PA will be enjoying during July.