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 Wednesday 14th October 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 13th October 2015 at 3:25pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Fine. Cloud well broken across the mountains, although mainly on more southwestern Scottish Highlands, banks of low cloud will persist on some summits. Winds light, particularly S Scotland and N England, although blustery coastal northern NW Highlands.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Windy coastal hills. Many, particularly inland summits cloud free.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southwesterly, typically 20mph, but toward coastal hills 30mph. But near Great Glen and Ben Wyvis 15mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Fairly small, but near west coast will impede ease of walking on the hills.

How Wet?

Rain not expected

Cloud on the hills?

Widely confined to west

On and near Skye and coastal hills of Wester Ross; cloud fairly extensive above 650m, but perhaps 450m on Cuillins. Elsewhere, pockets of cloud will drift about only slowly some corries and summits, whilst others (perhaps nearby) are cloud free.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%, but 20% on and near Skye

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchy sunshine, mainly away from western hills south from Wester Ross. Visibility very good or excellent, although fog some glens at first.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits, but risk ground frost some glens overnight and post-dawn.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 15th October 2015

High pressure will dominate the weather for a week to perhaps ten days (England and Wales), bringing long periods of light wind, well broken cloud and excellent visibility to the hills. Rain will be rare. However, now and again, the remnants of a front will drift around the high bringing over a few hours a little light rain here and there, and more widely cloud will shroud higher areas. Highest Scottish summits intermittently near freezing point and at night many valleys will have a slight frost.

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