The Northwest Highlands Forecast

Areas north from Knoydart in the west, and the Great Glen towards the east (NB. Does not include Mull and areas west of Loch Linnhe, these are found in the West Highlands forecast.)

Viewing Weather Forecast for Thursday 19th October 2017
Forecast last updated on Thursday 19th October 2017 at 7:20am

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Summary for all mountain areas

A complex picture across the British Isles, with a damp southerly air mass and various fronts drifting slowly northwards. Extensive low cloud covering many hills, with patchy drizzle, or locally persistent rain. Some cloud breaks in far north. Deteriorating later in Wales.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Blustery, especially west. Patchy rain, mainly Skye.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeasterly 25-35mph, but intermittently nearer 40mph, particularly morning and on western coastal mountains. Generally lowest speeds easternmost summits.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking impeded across higher areas, at times arduous conditions, with sudden buffeting to lower slopes north of major ridges.

How Wet?

Patchy rain, amounts small; risk rain returning to Skye

Remnants of overnight rain likely to leave patches of rain or drizzle into the daytime, but should largely fade. However around Skye, risk of rain filling in again from the west, turning increasingly heavy later.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive; breaks north

Most cloud often above 700-800m, although often lower on Skye, around 500-600m. Breaks to higher summits are possible in Wester Ross and toward the far north.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% around Skye, 40% Great Glen; 60% north.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Overcast; only isolated bursts of weak sunshine. Visibility good, but a general haze, and poor in rain.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 20th October 2017

Late Friday into Saturday, another Atlantic storm threatens widespread heavy rain and gales, especially England & Wales. A changeable outlook continues: south to south-westerly winds dominating into next week, with frequent rain on all western mountains, but the most prolonged falls perhaps focused on England & Wales rather than Scotland. Fairly mild overall; occasional sleet or snow only temporarily on highest tops.

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